Northwestern high school band members are gearing up to perform at the Christmas City of the North Parade for its 60th year and they are very excited.
“It’s a great way to represent our school in the broader community outside of Maple and Poplar and such,” said band director, Michael Hintzman.
The band along with the color guard and dance team will perform classics, like “Christmas Carols on Parade” their take on “Joy to the World.” And a new song called, “Castle Hill” written by a Northwestern graduate.
As far as the cold, they’re well prepared.
“I try to just hold the weather forecast from them until we get closer. I’ve done cold parades before. Hopefully, if the wind’s not bad it should be a good parade,” said Hintzman.
For freshman taking part for the first time, it can be a lot to take in.
“There’s a lot of nervous energy there, it’s you know the idea of being on TV [it’s] always kind of a fun thing and a neat thing,” said Hintzman.
But for senior band members, like Gervais Thompson, who will be performing for his fourth-year the excitement never gets old.
“Being able to be a part of that means a lot to me. I can tell my kids in the future about how fun it was to be marching down the streets of Duluth in the freezing cold, but it was all worth it in the end,” he said.
And despite the cold, the freshman jitters, and for some the last time they will perform in the parade, Thompson said it’s the community that drives them to march on.
“The people that line up on the side of the streets really gets us going when we’re playing the songs. It gets us pumped up I guess you could say,” said Thompson.