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A few thoughts from Tim Allen
After the Adair County Band's trip to New York
This was one of the most awe-inspiring trips I have ever taken with the Adair County Band.
I knew there going to be millions of people watching on the streets of Manhattan, but I had no idea what that would really look like along the parade route.
Imagine one street block with people on both sides of the street 20 to 25 people deep, shoulder to shoulder. Now, multiply that by about 60 blocks (counting the turns), and you'll get an idea of the throng of people watching this parade. And that doesn't count the thousands hanging out of skyscraper windows along the route. The atmosphere was incredible.
The New York audience was very receptive and really enjoyed the Adair County Band. People were even coming out into the street saying things like "You guys are great!" or "That was awesome!"
These students got to see celebrities, floats, and giant balloons, up close and personal, march down the streets of New York City, and perform for a TV audience of over 50 million viewers. There are very few people in the world that can say that.
Our goal was to represent Columbia, Adair County, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky in as positive, professional way as possible. I think these young people succeeded in reaching that goal.
I could not be more proud of these fine young people.
I want to thank the City and County officials, the Adair County Board of Education, local businesses, media, and members of the community that helped make this trip a reality for these band members through your generous contributions.
The Adair County Band Boosters deserve a huge pat on the back for going the extra mile to make this happen for these kids. They sacrificed countless hours of their free time to help these kids reach their goal.Special thanks to current Adair County Band Director, Tom Case for allowing me to head up this special event. Thanks to our wonderful staff - Doug Neal, Rob Depp, and Rob Arnold for the extra effort you made to make this happen.
To all of the band students (past and present) and parents that went on the trip, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for making my last venture with the Adair County Band the most special of all.
I will never forget this.
(Nor will you)-Tim Allen
This story was posted on 2009-11-30 14:08:45
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