Whitehall Yearling Marching Band to march in Indianapolis 500 parade

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WHITEHALL, Ohio (WCMH) — The Whitehall Yearling High School Marching Band practiced Thursday night by marching around the building six times.

This is similar to what they have to do on Saturday when they participate in the Indianapolis 500 parade. This means they will have to march around the 2 1/2 mile track one time.

“The band hasn’t done any out-of-town trips in more than 10 years,” said Director of Bands Kelley Gilbert.“ Having the opportunity to go someplace that still close to home, but still a big event I thought was a good steppingstone.”

The band arrived at the school Thursday around 6 p.m. and marched. After finishing the 2 1/2 mile track around the school six times, everybody hurried to the band room to cool off. They packed their bags to get ready for their 5 AM departure time Saturday morning.

The whole deal was a surprise for everyone, including the seniors.

“When she first brought it up, we recorded a video back during marching season and had no idea what she was talking about,“ said senior Nick McGrath. “All of the seniors were on the verge of tears we were so excited.“

The team is taking extra pride because of what the will represent.

“We’re the only band from Ohio going,“ said Junior flutist Kamden Pauley. “So we’re not only representing Whitehall but we are representing Ohio as a whole.”

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