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Cary Band Off to Europe

Posted December 27, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The end-of-the-year holidays are always exciting but for members of the Cary High School band, this year is even more exciting than usual -- they are all off to Europe. They will be playing in London's New Years' Day parade.

The 100-member band, their parents and boosters worked hard, according to Booster President JoAnn Franke, to raise the money to go. "We didn't miss an opportunity to raise money," she said, "including wrapping packages in the mall."

After all, a roundtrip to London, a Chunnel trip to Paris and three days in that city don't come cheap. Not for 100, plus chaperones.

Still, the experience of playing in London is not to be missed.

This is the third international trip the band has taken. Earlier trips were to Romania and Switzerland.

Chief chaperone Dennis Riggs says he is not worried about keeping the teens accounted for and out of mischief because he says the group is both responsible and intelligent.

And this will be one more trip under the Cary Band's belt.