Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wolfe County band survives tornado to march again in Lexington St. Patrick’s Day parade
The Wolfe County High School Marching Band missed last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade when a tornado hit their school. Parade organizers were so impressed by the band’s can-do attitude in the storm’s aftermath that they have named the Wolfe County Wolves the 2013 Honor Band.
Band members in 2011 band camp (Photo from WCHS)
The band will march in the Bluegrass Irish Society-sponsored event March 16 in downtown Lexington.
Wolfe County band has marched in the Lexington parade three out of the last four years. “It’s become a tradition for us,” said band director Hugh Hale. “We’re getting back to normal and we are pleased to be marching again in Lexington this month,” he said.
The 2012 tornado damaged the school’s roof. Class rooms and instruments sustained rain and wind damage. “We lost some things, but the worst part was that we had to vacate the band room, library and some other classrooms,” Hale said. Students were moved to the middle school and spring events were canceled.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. near the intersection of Main, Vine, and Midland.
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