Photo by Karen Greenwald
The Marching Warriors participate in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Parade on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.
GRANITE CITY — The Granite City Marching Warriors went to Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 to participate in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Parade as one of their own, Kevin Greene was being inducted.
According to the group, it turned out to be the best trip the Granite City High School band has ever had.
“This was by the far the coolest,” band director Wyatt Roberds said. “This was even better than Disney World.”
The Marching Warriors got an opportunity to perform for an audience of more than 200,000 spectators celebrating the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, including Granite City South alumnus Kevin Greene.
“It was awesome,” Roberds said. “It’s the fourth-largest parade in the country. It was a great parade. They were very appreciative of us coming. It was a good time. We were glad to have the chance to represent Granite City High School and Kevin Greene.”
The band was selected in March to participate in the parade. It raised $55,000 to pay for the cost of transportation and lodging for 165 band members.
The band had several fundraisers, including one May 21 at Memorial Gymnasium, where Greene made a special appearance as part of Meet Hall of Famer Kevin Greene Day.
“It was quite a financial undertaking, but our community supported us well in getting behind us and helped raise this money,” Roberds said. “It all came together.”