Dozens Gather To Watch DeKalb High School Marching Band Perform In Ireland

Mar 17, 2017

Dozens of DeKalb residents spent the beginning of their Saint Patrick’s Day in a DeKalb high school auditorium.

Friends and family members of DeKalb High School marching band members wait for the band to appear on the live stream for the Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick's Day parade on Friday.
Credit Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Just before 8 a.m. Friday morning, more than thirty friends and family members of students in DeKalb High School’s marching band watched a live stream of the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland – some spectators being students who caught some of the live stream before classes. They were waiting for that exact moment – when they could see the band march through.

DeKalb resident Greg Anderson specifically came to watch his daughter Emily perform.

“It’s an opportunity she’ll remember for the rest of her life,” Anderson said.

Ed Arndt came to the live streaming event to watch his son, Austin, perform in the parade. His wife Darla is also in Ireland on a companion trip. Arndt says his son may have never had the chance to go to Ireland, had it not have been for his involvement in band.

“Oh, I think it’s a head rush,” Arndt said. “It’s just a really good thing and it’s a really nice opportunity.”

The students, chaperones and other companions return to DeKalb on Sunday.