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Glenbrook Marching Band Invited to London

The high school marching band will play London's New Year's Day Parade



    Glenbrook Marching Band Invited to London
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    If all the world's a stage, one suburban marching band is about to get a starring role.

    Glenbrook North High School Spartan Marching Band was picked to perform during London's 26th annual New Year's Day Parade, the official kickoff event for the 2012 Olympics.

    "This is a great honor," said band director Rich Chapman.

    Chapman sent parade organizers a videotape of the Spartans performing, and the band was accepted shortly after.

    "We always look for big events to take part in," Chapman said. "Events that will really showcase the band."

    This should do it. In addition to the Spartan Marching Band, more than 10,000 performers from 20 countries will participants in the New Year's Day Parade.

    The 81 Glenbrook students will perform for more than half a million people on the streets of Westminster.

    Traveling is nothing new to the Spartans. They've already performed in Ireland, Rome and Scotland, but Chapman says this is one for the resume.

    "If we want to try to get out to other major international events, this is a good way to get started. This will help us out."

    The parade starts at 11:45 a.m.  Jan. 1 and finishes around 3 p.m.