Author: Dueckman, Amy
Date published: January 9, 2012
Members of Abbotsford's Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) Screaming Eagles Marching Band had an unforgettable experience on the weekend of Nov. 25-27, when they played at several Grey Cup events in Vancouver.
The whirlwind of activity began on Nov. 25, when the 86-member band played at a cauldronlighting ceremony.
Events continued on Nov. 26, when the band played for the Grey Cup parade in the morning (top photo) and at a gala event that evening attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
On Nov. 27, the band played for the Canadian Football League commissioner s breakfast, then played in the family zone at B.C. Place Stadium (left photo) prior to the game between the B.C. Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, which the home team Lions won.
Band director Chad Joiner is quoted in the Abbotsford News as saying, "It is rewarding for the kids to know that their hard work and time commitment has allowed them to do some cool things. . . . [T]he place was just humming, and we were immersed in it."
BY AMY DUECKMAN