The Hurricane Band and Hope

As Coast residents remember the 14th anniversary of Katrina’s landfall, the band of one high school that came to be as a result of Katrina is focusing on the area’s resiliency and hope.

West Harrison High School was built with FEMA grant money after Hurricane Katrina and can also serve as a hurricane shelter.

The school’s Hurricane Band is currently hard at work preparing for their appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in 2020.

Band Director Tim Garrett says that the hope and resiliency of the Gulf Coast is something that was noticed by the Tournament of Roses. “One of the things that Mrs. Farber, the Tournament of Roses president, talked about was the resiliency of the community here. As we toured her around, the bounce back that she saw with the construction and all the new things along the Coastline.”

The theme for next year’s Tournament of Roses Parade is the ‘power of hope.’

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