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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

May 23, 2022

RIDE OF THE PATRIOTS

Sunday, May 29, 2022
We're closing out with the last event of the 2021-2022 school year this Sunday, when the band appears in the Ride of the Patriots!

For those who don't know, the Ride of the Patriots is an annual display of solidarity and support to bring attention to the needs of service members who have sacrificed for our country. The event began in the aftermath of 9/11, as our soldiers selflessly defended America's safety and interests domestically and abroad. One overlooked consequence of these actions was the impact that stayed with veterans after their tours ended. Ride of the Patriots served to draw attention to the needs and issues facing our military service members. There was one catch: the event needed to be a parade, and without a band to participate, the event would not be approved.

Twenty years ago, the band responded to the call, and since, the Ride of Patriots has grown to be the kickstarting event for Rolling Thunder, which is now known as Rolling to Remember. The event has helped garner support for military veterans, POW's, MIA's, KIA's, and their families. In the years since, our society has come together to make sure that those ready to sacrifice all have the support they need when their tour of duty has ended.

Ride of the Patriots has been dormant for the last two years, like many things in our society. As we gain distance from the tragedy of 9/11, it is important for students of today to have a chance to directly see the impact the band can have and has had on our society at large. 

It may be an early report time, but it will help dodge the heat, and the event will be quick. I am so proud of our band's 20-year connection to an event that has helped make an indelible mark on society, and directly benefitted the lives of those for whom the holiday exists.

Here's the info:
  • 6:30am - Report to Band Room to get instruments as needed
  • 7:00am - Be in the Captain Pell's Parking Lot for warm-up
  • 7:15am - Line-up
  • 7:20am - Step off
    • The band will perform "Main Street America" and the FHS Fight Song
  • ~7:40am - Arrive at Harley-Davidson Dealership. Participate in ceremony
    • We will play the National Anthem and Main Street America.
    • Two senior trumpets (Diego Nieves-Salva and Siobhan Murray) will plays Taps for the fallen.
  • ~8:45am - Walk back to FHS to drop-off instruments.
Students should wear the summer uniform: band polo, black or khaki shorts, sneakers. If they do not have a band polo, they can wear Fairfax colors or red/white/blue that is appropriate to the decorum of the event and for the weather.

 

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


Each year, Patriot Harley-Davidson invites the Band Boosters to sell water to thirsty bikers during the open house event. This year, the open house will be from 10:00am until 5:00pm on Saturday, May 28.

In lieu of actual donations of water and ice, please Venmo your contribution to @Glenn-Cavert and flats of water will be picked up from Costco on Thursday and delivered to Patriot HD ahead of time.

Please see the Signup Genius for volunteer opportunities:

Saturday, May 28, 2022: Water Booth 9:30a-12:00n
Saturday, May 28, 2022: Water Booth 12:00n-2:30p
Saturday, May 28, 2022: Water Booth 2:30p-5:00p

Sunday May 29, 2022, Parade Walkers 6:30a-10:00a

Patriot HD and Ride Of The Patriots have been ardent supporters of the FHS Bands and we can't do this without your help! If you've never been to this event, or never seen this event, it really is quite an experience!


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Band Director: Patric Buchroeder

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