My favourite part of the Santa Parade is always the sounds of the marching bands. I enjoy the music and the songs they play. I appreciate as well the variety of costumes and the effort the players make to come out in the cold and play for us. This year was no different – though I was eager to hear the band my daughter plays in. I took pictures of every marching band that passed in front of us. I will share with you, however, only those photos that I like the most.
The first marching band is always the one with the bagpipes. I enjoyed the sounds as the music echoed through the cool air. The sounds of the bagpipes helped to encourage the sense of anticipation we began to feel with the start of the parade.
Of course a marching band has its row of drummers and all the ones we saw that day took their task seriously.
I enjoyed seeing the band members march up towards us on the street. They looked so smart in their uniforms. The marching band in the next picture stood out in my photos as their costume was a contrast to the grey day.
They walked by smartly and in sync.
I love the photo I managed to take of the tuber players as they walked in front of us.
As one band approached, we saw a flag that was familiar to us. Do you see it?
Yes, the South African flag was held high by members of a marching band who were holding the flags of many countries.
Not all marching bands had a uniform that was formal. This band came by sporting a uniform that did not reflect the uniforms of ages gone by.
Though most bands did reflect the norm with hard hats, smart pants and a formal jacket.
The dress of one band showed us who was near.
I was saddened when the music ended and wished I could listen to more.
Do you enjoy listening to marching bands at parades?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
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