GAINESVILLE - The Riverside Military Academy Band and Chorus has accepted an invitation to represent Georgia in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Waikiki, Hawaii on December 7. And, the band and chorus are planning a 5K, Fun Run fundraiser later this month to help finance the trip.
Riverside's Band and Chorus received the official invitation last summer from the Chairman of the Selection Committee for the Pearl Harbor Parade and public ceremony. The first nominations are given to units from the eight states that have battleships named after them in Pearl Harbor. The committee then nominates units from the other 19 states that have battleships named after them elsewhere. There are four unit-at-large invitations extended to bands from remaining states that do not have a battleship representing their state, and Riverside was nominated by a member from the Southeast region.
"We are very excited and honored to represent Gainesville, Hall County, and the State of Georgia in the 2014 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii. The Riverside Military Academy Band and Chorus have already begun preparations for our performances in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade as well as at the USS Arizona Memorial. This is a once-in-a