The Pride of Robinson Marching Band has been invited to participate in the 80th Annual Pearl Harbor Day Parade in Hawaii later this year, representing the Eastern United States and the State of North Carolina.
According to Andrew Carter, director of Jay M. Robinson Band Program, the 80th Pearl Harbor Parade will be historically significant for two reasons. First, it will be the last large-scale anniversary parade that will honor living veterans who fought in the military at the time of the bombing on December 7, 1941. Second, it will feature performances from student bands from the United States and Japan under the parade theme, “Once foes, now friends.”
This unique opportunity, which is open to all students who participate in Jay M. Robinson’s marching band in Fall 2021, is the result of the band’s 2019 performance and participation in the President’s Cup High School Concert Band Invitational, a prestigious event held in Washington, D.C., that is sponsored by the U.S. Army Band, the “Pershing’s Own.”
The Pride of Robinson will participate in the official public ceremony alongside the U.S. Marine Band, march in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade and perform at a special concert at Pearl Harbor in front of the famed USS Missouri.
About the band’s selection, Earl Hurrey, MGySgt USMC (ret.) and Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs, said, “Your band is being invited because I know your program well and feel confident that you will represent North Carolina very well during these official ceremonies.”
The Pride of Robinson wishes to make this wonderful experience affordable for every student member of the band. To help offset the cost of the trip, the band will conduct a variety of fundraisers. To learn more about fundraising events and activities, please visit https://www.robinsonbandsgohawaii.org.