Irish high fives for East band members

Columbus East Olympian band members described their march through the heart of Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day as one of the best experiences of their lives.

Katie Martin, a senior flute player, said she really valued the band’s first trip internationally with her peers.

“I’m so proud to be part of the Columbus East Marching Band,” she said after the parade.

The band performed for thousands of people Tuesday on a day that is an Irish national holiday.

East Band Director David Rodgers said the parade spectators were appreciative of the band members and their performance.

“I cannot tell you how many high-fives and fist pumps I exchanged with the children on the parade route, but it was quite a few!” Rodgers said.

He described the scene as parade watchers at least 15 rows deep on both sides of the streets, with more on top of buildings, on monuments and even on streetlights.

Band members and their families will continue to explore Ireland until returning home this weekend.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.