December 2-3 the Walker high school marching band traveled to Gatlinburg, TN to march in the biggest parade of the season. The band arrived at the school early Friday morning (too early for most) and loaded the buses before hitting the road on their long drive to the parade they marched in later that night. After stopping in Chattanooga for lunch and a little shopping, they arrived at Wilderness in the Smokies (the incredibly awesome hotel they stayed at). The luxurious hotel had two television sets in every room, an arcade, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, and an indoor water park. The band settled down in the hotel for a little while, then grabbed a quick bite to eat before arriving at the beginning of the parade route. As the band warmed up they decked themselves out in glowing Christmas lights and perfected their medley of Christmas tunes. The band stepped off through a crowd of cheering people, and stunned the audience with their appearance and sounds alike. The whole town was in attendance along with groups from all over the southeast, there to see the beautiful lights of Gatlinburg and watch the parade of brightly lit floats and bands. After the parade, the band arrived back at the hotel and rested up after a long day. The next day they enjoyed the city and the water park along with The Dixie Stampede show. They arrived back in Jasper early Sunday morning. It was a one-of-a-kind experience for everyone involved.
The Marching Band Experience: A personal account of Gatlinburg