A marching band comprised of students from three Estevan schools – Spruce Ridge, Pleasantdale and Westview – has started to practice, and members are preparing to participate in the Grey Cup parade in Regina in November.
Spruce Ridge vice-principal Doug Stallard, who is among the instructors for the marching band, said they have about 35 members, including flaggers. They'd like to have at least twice as many participants, but they could go to Regina with their current number.
They're targeting Grade 7 and 8 students to join the band, he said.
"We're really pushing the marching band just for the kids to get the experience," said Stallard. "Once you're in a band and people are watching you, there's growth and maturity from the marching band atmosphere that we'd love for them to gain."
The Grey Cup parade will be through the streets of downtown Regina on Saturday, November 23, which is the day before the Grey Cup game. The local students will be part of the Saskatchewan Grey Cup Marching Band, Stallard said, and it is expected to boast hundreds of young people from across the province.
Stallard is hopeful that the opportunity to march in the Grey Cup parade will provide a little extra incentive for youth to join the marching band.