The McDowell High School Marching Titan Band traveled to New York City to walk and play in the city’s Veterans Day parade.

“The parade was an amazing experience. We were surrounded by thousands of people all showing their respect for the veterans who have served our country. It was a very humbling experience and we were very proud to represent N.C. and McDowell County in NYC,” said Band Director Jenny Lanier.

The band members were able to take in some sights and sounds on their trip visiting Rockefeller Plaza, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trump Tower, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, 9/11 Museum, Chinatown and Little Italy.

Lanier said they also saw an amazing performance of “Wicked” which is based on the band’s feature show this year.

“The students did a wonderful job and had a wonderful experience,” Lanier said.

The parade is in its 99th year and stepped off from 26th Street to Fifth Avenue to 52nd Street. There were over 40,000 participants and more than half a million spectators.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the grand marshal.

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