2018 Pearl Harbor Ceremony – Southwest DeKalb High School Marching Band

Now for the latest sixth district news!  Last July, our sixth district director was contacted by Ms. Judy Thompson with Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Georgia.  The school’s marching band was scheduled to perform in the upcoming Thanksgiving Day parade – in Hawaii.  They were also scheduled to take part in several other concerts and the official Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony on December 7, 2018.

Ms. Thomson was hoping someone from SDPHS would be able to speak to the band about the attack on Pearl Harbor before they left for Hawaii.  She also ask whether it would be possible for the band director to record an interview with a Pearl Harbor survivor.  Of course we happy to accommodate both requests.  Al met with them on November 12th for about two hours.  Saying they were eager to learn about the attack doesn’t come close to describing their excitement.  They really like the slide show pics.  The Q&A session lasted almost an hour.  We also scheduled a meeting with the band director and GA PHS Fred Johnson.  Unfortunately, the interview with Fred had to be pushed back until after the band’s trip.  Here are pics of the band performing at the USS Missouri and the wreath they’ll be placing.  We can’t wait to see more of them.  Don’t be surprised if SDPHS suddenly get flooded with new associate members!