Christmas tree-chipping will support Indian River High band’s participation in National Memorial Day Parade

DAGSBORO – Headed to the nation’s capital for the National Memorial Day Parade in late May, the Indian River High School marching band is chipping in to help folks dispose of their Christmas trees.

Hocker’s Supercenter in Clarksville is the venue for the Indian River Band Boosters’ tree-chipping event Saturday, Jan. 5.

It runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hocker’s, located at the junction of SR 17 and SR 26.

“Bring your tree, and we’ll chip it for you. Stay and enjoy some hot chocolate,” is the boosters’ offer.

Hot chocolate is $1. Tree-chipping is free; donations will be gratefully accepted.

All proceeds will support the IRHS marching band, which will represent Delaware in the National Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Folks bringing trees for chipping are asked to remove all ornaments and as much tinsel as possible. “As much as they can get, but we’re not going to be really picky about it,” said Lisa Bird, Indian River Band Boosters president.

The 2019 parade along Constitution Avenue will commemorate a milestone in U.S. military history: the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which began the liberation of Europe in World War II.

The Indian River Band Boosters earlier in 2018 launched a fundraising campaign to help cover the expenses necessary for the 120-member band to travel to Washington, D.C. and march in the parade.

“We have an ongoing sponsorship campaign where we are approaching businesses, community members and social organizations and asking them to sponsor at any level that they wish. We have had plenty of organizations give us $100, $200,” said Ms. Bird.

High level sponsors – $1,000, $3,000 and $5,000 – will be recognized on the banner the band will carry in the parade, said Ms. Bird.

The American Veterans Center and Music Celebrations International invited the IRHS band to represent the state of Delaware in the 2019 National Memorial Day Parade. Both Governor John Carney and the Indian River Supervisor of Elementary Education nominated the Indian River High School Band to represent the state in the parade.

Nathan Mohler, IRHS band director, has called this “a unique opportunity for our students to perform on a national stage.”

The parade on Memorial Day will make its way west down Constitution Avenue, ending at the National Mall which is located between the White House and the Washington Monument.

The Indian River High School marching band will be featured alongside bands representing all 50 states plus other parade performers selected to march in this historic tribute to America’s heroes, past and present.


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