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Middleton High School students invited to London for next year's New Year's Day parade


MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Students from Middleton High School are once again getting the chance to take a trip to London, England.

A representative of the Queen of England came to Middleton Tuesday to deliver an invitation to London to the high school band, orchestra, choir, and drama club.

The musicians will get to perform at London's New Year's Day Parade and Festival 2015. It's an invitation only given to 16 schools across the United States.

"It's the American High School marching bands in the parade that really set the tone of the event and really excite the crowd, so it's absolutely imperative that we get those 16 key note bands from the states absolutely right every year," Bob Bone, the executive director for the parade, said. "And we know that Middleton's gunna be a right one."

Bone says Middleton was found for them.

"We've got a wonderful network of super spies out there in the United States of America, in the music business that is, in the high school and college music business, and they look up for us the best music programs in the states."

The estimated cost of the trip for each student will be $3,000. The students will be holding fundraisers to raise the money to go.

Simi Seerha, a freshman in the band and choir, says she thinks it will be an "awesome" experience.

"I'm really proud to be at Middleton High school and get this experience and be able to go to London, be invited in this type of way."

The week-long trip is planned for the end of next year through the new year.

This is the second time Middleton High School has been invited. The band went there three years ago.

"Our students, and our community, is very, very supportive of the arts. The things that students are able to do through the arts, in the classrooms affect all phases of their learning," Brad Schneider, an instrumental music instructor at Middleton High School, said.

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