Arapahoe Band Stays Strong in the Face Of Tragedy

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Centennial Colorado’s Arapahoe High School made headlines last month for the tragic death of 17-year-old senior Claire Esther Davis, who passed away in a local hospital days after being shot by another student.

But when the school’s marching band kicked off the 2014 Mummers Parade New Year’s Day as the first-ever high school band to open the festivities, the mood wasn’t somber. It was an inspiring display of resilience for a community going through so much. PHL-17 heard from marching band director Sean Funk during a class visit to the Mummers Museum on Monday.

“We want them to be excited about the trip. We want them to experience this musically as well as culturally and historically, and just get as much out of this as they can,” he said.

Rusty Martz, president of the museum’s board of directors, commends the students for their strength and hopes that participating in the parade brings them joy. Take a look to watch these inspiring youth march.

By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson

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