Gilbert High marching band invited to London

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

GILBERT, Ariz. -- The marching band at Gilbert High School is getting the opportunity to play in London.

The Tiger Pride Marching Band received an in-person invitation to the London New Year's Day Parade from former Lord Minister of the City of Westminster Duncan Sandys, the great grandson of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

"Our band is one of the top bands in the state of Arizona," said Karen Ferrin, Gilbert High Booster president. "They've been that way for quite awhile and so when we were looking for a place to go to do a big trip, which we usually do every three years, the idea of London came to us."
 
The group is the No. 3 Division I marching band in Arizona.
 
The trip to London would go from the end of December to early January.
 
The Tiger Pride is holding a fundraising dinner on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25.

The event will have a double-decker bus on site before dinner for photos, a meal with a jazz band for entertainment and silent auction items, including sports memorabilia, a flat-screen TV and flights from SkyDive Arizona.