Windsor band makes local family proud
By Brooke Pankonin
Grant Tribune Sentinel
All grandparents are proud of their grandchildren, but Grant residents Bill and Carolyn Wright have had some extra bragging rights recently. Their granddaughter, Emily Wright, is a member of Windsor, Colorado High School’s Pride of Windsor Marching Band, which was selected to perform at the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 2016 in Hawaii.
Out of 14 bands selected to perform at the event, Windsor’s 100-student band won the Grand Champion award for the best performance, and was selected to perform at the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France on June 6, 2019.
Before leaving for Hawaii, the band also received a congressional invitation to perform in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 2017. Because the event is so soon, they have chosen to forego the opportunity and start raising funds for their trip to France.
Sophomore Emily, daughter of Randy and Heather Wright, is second drum majorette and also plays the saxophone.
To prepare for their Pearl Harbor performance and keep the students motivated, each member of the band was given a casualty card with the name, hometown and information of a United States Marine killed during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack.
Emily told Carolyn one of the neatest things from her trip was taking her card and finding the Marine’s name on the wall, and being able to talk with WWII veterans.