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2005 Media Releases

December 23, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Bill Luxford, 21 Educational Access, 5 CITY-TV, 441-6688
Lori Falcone, Southwest High, 436-1306
Dan Kirkby, +44 207-580-3232,

21 Educational Access To Air London Parade Featuring Lincoln Southwest Band

When the Lincoln Southwest High School marching band is parading through the streets of London, England New Year’s Day, family and friends back home will be able to watch it live on 21 Educational Access (Time Warner Cable channel 21 in Lincoln). The 20th annual parade will be sent via satellite beginning at 6 a.m., Sunday, January 1, 2006. The parade will be re-aired at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 on channel 21.

Bill Luxford, operations manager for 21 Educational Access and 5 CITY-TV, said Southwest Music Department Chair Lori Falcone contacted him about the possibility of airing the parade. Luxford said Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) is helping with the satellite feed.

“I think it’s safe to say that this is the first international event being carried live on one of our local cable access channels,” said Luxford. “We are very excited about being able to offer it, and I want to thank Lori, NET and the parade organizers for making this possible.”

Falcone said 149 students will march in the parade, and 64 others will accompany the band on the trip.

“This is the first large trip for this young band of four years,” said Falcone. “It is also our first performance on the international level, and we are all excited and honored to have this opportunity.” While in England, the students will visit Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, the British Museum, the Tower of London and other sites.

This is the first year the parade will be sent via satellite to the U.S. The parade’s Executive Director Bob Bone said organizers were inundated with e-mails from people in this country asking how they could watch it. The parade features more than 10,000 performers from a dozen nations, and about 480,000 spectators turn out in London to watch it. The parade route includes such landmarks as the Parliament building, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street and the National Gallery.

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