What’s afoot? Rival HISD HS bands are playing the same tune for special appearance

The Austin High School Sonic Boom and Milby High School Marching Thunder will join the University of Houston Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band to kick off the East End Street Fest from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, October 25 along Navigation Blvd.

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The bands practiced this week for Afoot! A Marching Band Extravaganza, a choreographed, artistic performance. The experience, while fun for the dedicated musicians, also builds character and a solid work ethic, emphasizes teamwork, and helps prepare them for life.

The normally competitive bands will come together in movement and music to wow onlookers. The 300 people in the bands will perform a program choreographed by Allison Orr and Krissie Marty of Forklift Danceworks in collaboration with local choreographers via Dance Houston.

The Sonic Boom is under the direction of Keavon Runnels, and the director of the Marching Thunder is Eric Whitford.