Teens get to tour Britain and appear on the BBC Howard High band to play in London for New Year's

September 09, 1992|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Unlike most first-time tourists, Breck Frazer will march in a New Year's Day parade and be seen live on the British Broadcasting Corp. when he visits London next year.

The 16-year-old saxophonist is among 70 members of the Howard High School Band who will perform in the Lord Mayor of Westminster New Year's Day Parade and Competition in Royal Albert Hall.

The BBC will broadcast the event live on Jan. 1.

Breck said he is looking forward to the performance, which features 25 bands from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the United States.

"It's going to be a family vacation," said Breck, whose parents and twin brother will accompany him.

The Howard High Band is among 10 bands from the United States and the only band from Maryland to participate in the annual event, said Jim Johnston, Howard High Band director.

The London-based Youth Music of the World selected the band based on its superior concert performances and community recognition, Mr. Johnston said.

Because the band traveled to London four years ago, some band members already know what to expect, Mr. Johnston said.

"The seniors aren't scared," he said. "But the freshmen are excited and have a lot of questions we're trying to answer."

The band plans to play a mix of original and well-known arrangements during the parade, Mr. Johnston said.

Immediately after the parade, the band will perform at the Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of the lord mayor of Westminster. Mr. Johnston said he has not decided what the band will play during the competition in Royal Albert Hall.

About 90 band members and chaperones will travel to London. Each person needs about $1,200 for round-trip airfare, lodgings, two meals a day and admission to tourist sites.

During the trip, band members will visit Oxford, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle, among other sites.

The band plans to raise money through a variety of fund-raisers: A car wash Sept. 26 in Elkridge, Dobbin Center and Howard High School.

The rain date is Oct. 3.

ZTC A bull and oyster roast will take place from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at St. Augustine Church in Elkridge. Tickets are $25 a person. A raffle will also be held the same day. The winner will enjoy dinner for two at 12 local restaurants, such as Kings Contrivance, Crab Shanty, and Olive Garden.

A band cookbook will be sold from October to December during Homecoming and the Winter Concert.

In November, the band will hold its annual fruit and cheesecake sale.

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