Mosley High Band Receives Royal Invitation to London

The Mosley High School Marching Band received an invitation Tuesday to play in the 2010 New Year's Day Parade in London. The invitation was delivered in person from the Lord Mayor of Westminster. Councillor Louise Hyams and the parade's directors traveled all the way from England to meet the band members.

Every section of the band, from musicians to color guard and dance line, is invited to go.

The parade itself is one of the world's largest New Year's celebrations with 500,000 spectators and a worldwide television audience. Band members played several pieces for their guests. Then Lynn Haven Mayor Walter Kelley presented the lord mayor with a key to the city.

"It's lovely to come from a British winter and arrive in this lovely Florida sunshine. I just wish I could stay longer, but I got a key now to the city so I think I will be coming back and using my key," Cllr. Louise Hyams, Lord Mayor of Westminster, said.

"It's still so overwhelming to know that a sitting lord mayor just came to Mosley High School and the students played beautifully for her. It truly is a very humbling experience to have done this and to see the students be so proud of themselves," said Jamie Birdwell, Mosley High band director.

Approximately 160 students are expected to make the trip to London for the parade at a cost of $2600.00 apiece. They'll be doing a lot of fundraising. If you'd like to donate you can contact Mosley High School for more information at (850) 872-4400. You can also log onto the school's website.

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