Posted: Mar 16, 2013 7:14 PM
Updated: Mar 16, 2013 7:16 PM
Playing in Lexington's St. Patrick's Day parade had become a tradition for the Wolfe County Band, until the tornado outbreak last March prevented them from attending the parade.
But this year, they came back with a renewed spirit.
It was a day of celebration for everyone watching the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Lexington, but perhaps no one was more excited to be there than the Wolfe County Marching Band. "The St. Patrick's Day parade is the greatest parade of the year, it's when we get to come out and truly do our best," says Quentin Patrick, a member of the band.
But the tradition of playing in the parade came to an end last year when severe weather damaged the high school. Kayla Trompler remembers it like it was yesterday. "I was in middle school and they had to bring high schoolers up to our school so they could have a place to play and a place to go to school. We had to miss the parade and everyone was bummed out it was bad," says Trompler.
The group made a triumphant return this year and they held their hands a little higher as they played the tune, "I dreamed a dream."
"To miss an opportunity like that last year was really devastating to us and just to come back and be the honor band this year was the greatest thing I could ever think of," says band director, High Hale.
The Bluegrass Irish Society raised the money to pay for the band's entire trip.