KAYPA
Korean American Youth Performing Artists
October 29, 2019
Lyman HS
Lyman High School
October 29, 2019

Liberty High School Grenadiers

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The Grenadiers are proud and honored to make their first appearance in the 2019 Hollywood Christmas Parade. Established in 1926, in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, the Liberty High School Band was led for 40 years by the first Director of Music, Dr. Joseph Ricapito. During his tenure the band performed at President Truman’s Inaugural Parade and the 1948 World’s Fair. When He retired, Ron Sherry, a Liberty alumnus, assumed the baton and and revamped the band’s image . In 1966 he introduced the Grenadier theme. In 1976, the band provided music for England’s Queen Elizabeth II’s presentation of the Bicentennial Bell. The Grenadiers became the first high school band in the world to perform in London’s Royal Albert Hall.  Following Sherry’s retirement, Liberty’s third director, Greg MacGill began his tenure. Under his direction, the band would perform 4 times in England and march in the 2009 Rose Parade. Now under the direction Liberty alumnus, Kevin Long, the Grenadiers most notable performances have included the 125th Rose Parade, the 2016 Waikiki Holiday Parade and as part of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.