DeKalb’s Lakeside marching band headed to Hawaii for event

The award-winning Lakeside High School Viking Marching Band will travel to Hawaii in late November to take part in special festivities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The band at Lakeside High School, a DeKalb County school, was invited to perform in the Waikiki Holiday Parade on Friday, Nov. 25. Lakeside High School Music Director David Fairchild said the Lakeside band will join other school marching bands from across the country, Hawaiian bands, military units, local officials and dignitaries. The parade route will take travel along a torch-lit route down Kalakaua Ave. along Waikiki Beach.

“This trip will be once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of these students,” said Fairchild, who, in addition to his full-time job at Lakeside, is also an enlisted Tech Sergeant in the Air National Guard Band of the South.

Fairchild said Lakeside is the only metro Atlanta school participating in this special event which will highlight a year already filled with festivities. Fairchild said the fall of 2016 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons in the 51-year history of the Lakeside High School Viking Marching Band. In addition to entertaining the crowd at Lakeside High School football games, the 101-member marching band is also scheduled to perform at the Dragon Con parade Saturday.

To help fund the trip and other band activities, band members are currently selling cheesecakes and other baked goods, and in October will sell citrus fruits. Funds raised are used for a variety of band needs including new instruments and instrument repair, travel expenses and music costs, among other items. For more information, go to

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