Posted: Mar 15, 2013 5:00 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2013 6:00 PM
The Wolfe County High School Marching Band had a tradition of being in the Lexington St. Patrick's Day Parade. That is until a tornado outbreak one year ago damaged their school. But this year, the band will be back, and the parade has a special meaning for its members.
"I'm running on adrenaline," says Hugh Hale, the band director. "It's been a long time coming."
There are about fifty students in the Wolfe County marching band, and they are perfecting their routine. Playing songs like "Wipe Out" in the hopes of wiping out the competition. But just being able to compete this year is beyond exciting for the musicians.
During the tornado outbreak on March 2nd, 2012, baseball-sized hail damaged their school.
"It devastated us. We had no band room," says Quentin Patrick, a junior and drum major.
"This half [of the school] that I'm standing in, you couldn't come back in. It was condemned to us," explains Hugh Hale.
This time last year, the marching band had to back out of the parade, but they kept making music, even when their string instruments were water-logged. This time, they found their pot of gold. Named honorary band, parade organizers gave them $500 dollars to cover travel costs, and a banner will welcome them.
"It's always an honor to be in such a great parade," says Patrick.
This year, the luck of the Irish is on their side.
"We are a small school and we're hurting for money sometimes, maybe our uniforms don't match, but I got some talented kids," says Hale.
You can hear the Wolfe County High School Marching Band in action at the St. Patty's Day Parade in downtown Lexington, Saturday March 16th starting at 1:00 pm.