The Chaparral High School (CHS) band performed in the El Paso Thanksgiving parade on November 23, 2017. It was their first Thanksgiving performance in 10 years.
The band performed for two hours and the parade was three and a half miles long on Montana Street in El Paso, Texas. They performed alongside two other high school bands, Santa Teresa (ST) and Gadsden High School (GHS).
The band practiced with ST and GHS on November 22. The lobo band practiced for two weeks on Chaparral High School’s track.
Band director Adrian Rios said that each school chose a song. They performed three songs: The Hay Song, Louie Louie and the Christmas Parade Sequence. The Christmas Parade Sequence is a combination of different Christmas songs.
Rios marched with his band student when I interviewed him he appeared very excited about the parade. He believed that his band would perform fantastically. Transportation was provided for the band students and they dressed in all khaki outfit.
Overall, the band was part of a Thanksgiving tradition in El Paso for 80 years. This was a great opportunity for the band to get there name out to Southern Texas.