Clover Hill High’s Marching Band, the Marching Cavaliers, will be performing on Dec. 7 as part of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. The group has been invited to perform on the pier of the U.S.S. Battleship Missouri as part of the 75th Pearl Harbor Mass Band, which consists of more than 1,200 student musicians from across the country and is led by Dr. Robert W. Smith, world-renowned composer and conductor.
In order to be considered for the honor, the Clover Hill Marching Cavaliers submitted an application, video of their performances, biography and a photograph of the marching band to be selected for this amazing experience. Prior to their departure, the students have been rehearsing 10 different musical compositions that the massed band will perform. In addition to the rehearsals, the marching band will be visiting to the Virginia War Memorial for a special World War II Pacific Seminar to learn more about the attack on Pearl Harbor. While at the Virginia War Memorial, students will tour the Shrine of Memories, see original WWII letters and have discussions with WWII Veterans.
In addition, Ilan Chueca, a junior at Clover Hill High was selected as first chair tenor saxophone in the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Honor Band. The honor band consists of incredibly talented musicians from the Hawaiian Islands and across the U.S. They will perform at a gala honoring the Pearl Harbor survivors during the celebration. The Clover Hill Marching Cavaliers also will be welcomed to Hawaii by Col. Arnald Gabriel, the legendary commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band and a member of the U.S. Army that famously stormed of the beaches of Normandy.
The Clover Hill High School Band program has been designated 11 times as a commonwealth of Virginia Honor Band. The Clover Hill High School Marching Cavaliers have performed nationally and internationally throughout the last 25 years, and they have received commendations for exceptional accomplishments and superior musicianship from the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and Virginia’s General Assembly and the governor of Virginia.
The performance will be live streamed at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at www.channel808.tv.