EDMOND, Okla.– Edmond Santa Fe High School students welcomed a special representative of the Queen of England, Roger Bramble, the Deputy Lieutenant of London, to their campus Monday.
Bramble officially invited band and orchestra students to perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade in 2014.
Santa Fe’s students have made the trip five times and usually visit once every four years.
Even so, the invitation is still exciting.
The actual trip will last about five days.
“The first thing we do is we teach them to use the tube or their subway system and we take them downtown and the first thing they see of London when they come out is Big Ben and they look up and the light in their eyes is worth every penny,” Band Director Mike Lowery said.
London has hosted this parade for 28 years.
Each year, organizers search the globe for the best bands to perform in the 2.2-mile event.
“There is a sort of espionage system, shall we say the band mafia that keep an eye on all the high school and college bands and they say well, ‘scurry along and hear them,’ and well, it’s always been a pleasure to come here,” Bramble said.
Edmond Santa Fe is just the first school invited to the parade on this trip.
Representatives of the Queen will be heading to California, Texas and Georgia to invite schools there as well.
More than 10,000 performers take part in the parade.