Here are the details regarding the Noble & Olney Memorial Day Parade Ceremonies:
NOBLE: The Cornerstone Community Church and the Mayor of Noble hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery in East Noble. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Cornerstone Community Church (160 E. Elm St. Noble, IL). Immediately after the Noble ceremony, the quintet and bugler will join the band at the Olney VFW.
OLNEY: The VFW is hosting a Memorial Day parade and ceremony. The parade will begin at the Olney VFW. The ceremony will take place immediately after the conclusion of the parade at Haven Hill Cemetery (just north of the City Park). In the event of rain, the ceremony shall be held in the VFW hall.
The uniform is khaki shorts, black polo shirts, socks, belt (preferably black), and either Drillmaster shoes or tennis shoes. Students will also need flip folders, lyres, and instruments.
The times are as follows:
Cornerstone Community Church at the Cemetery in East Noble
8:30 AM: Call-time for bugler & quintet at RCHS
8:35 AM: Change into performance attire, warm-up & run through music
9:05 AM: Bugler & saxophone ensemble leaves for Noble Cemetery in a school van
9:30 AM: Bugler & saxophone ensemble arrive at the cemetery in East Noble.
10:00 AM: Noble Ceremony (bugler & saxophone ensemble only)
IMMEDIATELY AFTER GOD BLESS AMERICA & TAPS: Return to Olney and join the band at the Olney VFW.
9:30 AM: Call-time at RCHS (all but bugler & saxophone ensemble)
10:00 AM: Load bus and depart for Olney VFW followed by Haven Hill Cemetery
10:15 AM: Parade line-up at the Olney VFW or at the cemetery (based on time)
10:30 AM: Parade step-off (parade begins)
11:00 AM: Olney Memorial Day ceremony at Haven Hill Cemetery.
I anticipate the parade and the ceremony won't last longer than an hour and a half, which will put the band back at the school around 12-12:30 PM.
The band is performing the following songs:
TAPS (Noble ceremony only)
God Bless America (Noble ceremony only)
Hosts of Freedom
Star Spangled Banner
[Not performing for 2023]
Please bring water with you to this event. I encourage students to bring a water canteen. Canteens/coolers need to go on the bus. Please drink plenty of water!
I know that this falls on Memorial Day weekend, falls during the summer, and many families will be out of town. That being said, we need as many RCHS Bands members to this performance as possible. All total, the combined Honors Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band are around 35 students during the 4th term. This is a record low for the band program! We want to support the cities of Olney & Noble (and our veterans) that support us. For us to do this, we need your help. Students, please make every effort to be at this event. It means a lot to this community.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions, comments, or concerns.