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2008 Media Releases

December 23, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Bill Luxford, 21 Educational Access, 5 CITY-TV, 441-6688
Lance Nielsen, Lincoln East High School, 402-817-8217
Dan Kirby, +44 1580-201906,


When the Lincoln East 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 23rd annual parade will be sent via satellite beginning at 6 a.m., Thursday, January 1, 2009. The parade will be re-aired on channel 21 numerous times during the month of January.

Bill Luxford, operations manager for 21 Educational Access and 5 CITY-TV, said the channel carried the Lincoln Southwest High performance at the same parade three years ago and the Lincoln High performance last year. He said Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) is again helping with the satellite feed.

The Lincoln East High Band Directors are Lance D. Nielsen and Tom Thorpe. Nielsen said 140 students will march in the parade, and 40 others will accompany the band on the week-long trip.

“Marching in the New Year’s Day Parade is a great honor for our students,” Nielsen said. “We are excited to be representing not only Lincoln East High School, but being ambassadors of Nebraska in this prestigious event. Besides our performance, the students will have the opportunity to visit and learn about many of the historical aspects of London, Windsor and Oxford.”

Beginning Friday, KFOR 1240 AM will provide daily trip updates at about 7:45 a.m. Lincoln residents also can follow the students’ experiences by visiting the Lincoln East Band trip blog at

The parade features more than 10,000 performers from many nations, and about 450,000 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.

For a channel 21 program guide, visit the City Web site at and click on the 5 CITY-TV icon.

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