DHS band performs in Ireland parade

Photo courtesy of Jeffery Oshnock

The Dearborn High School Marching Band performs March 17 in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin.

DEARBORN – The Dearborn High School Marching Band gave a special performance for St. Patrick’s Day.

The band was chosen to march in the St. Patricks’ Day parade on the morning of March 17 in Dublin, Ireland. According to published reports, they performed the “Washington Post March” and “National Emblem” in front of an estimated crowd of over 600,000.

“It went better than I ever thought it would,” Music teacher Jeffery Oshnock said. “The kids had a blast.”

They were invited to participate after organizers saw their performance in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. in 2008.

Oshnock said people were in trees and on top of buildings trying to get a better view of the parade.

The band also appeared the day before the parade on “Ireland AM,” the Irish equivalent to NBC’s “Today” show.

The trip included sight seeing and castle touring, and a performance at the Guinness Storehouse, one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland. The performance took place directly after the parade, about 4:30 p.m. local time.

Oshnock said the band also received an award following the parade for the best youth band. He said members didn’t get the award until Wednesday because of the concert at the Storehouse.