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Gwinnett bands to march in Christmas parade

The marching bands at Brookwood High and Collins Hill High have been selected to perform in the 28th annual Children's Christmas Parade.

The event, which attracts more than 300,000 spectators annually, is the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast. The parade will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 in downtown Atlanta, kicking off the 1.5-mile route at Peachtree Street near Baker Street.

Proceeds from the Children's Christmas Parade, as well as the Holiday Gala scheduled for Dec. 5, will benefit the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Critical Care services.

Critical Care service areas provide specialized, comprehensive care for seriously ill and injured children in a state-of-the-art environment. Services at Children's include Neonatal Intensive Care Units, or NICUs, which care for high-risk newborns. For children of all ages, the Pediatric Intensive Care Units, or PICUs, also offer a wide range of services. The NICUs and PICUs provide access to more than 400 specialists in 30 pediatric, medical and surgical specialties.

Children who require personalized care and high-tech treatment are cared for in the Technology-assisted Intensive Care Unit, or TICU, which offers advanced technology and equipment sized for children for a wide range of illnesses and injuries.

Leading-edge technology is also used to treat children with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, services. Children's is one of two centers in Georgia to offer ECMO, which assumes a patient's heart and lung functions and allows those organs to heal during critical illness.

Duluth High band earns superior ratings

The Duluth High Wildcats Marching Band earned superior ratings in the captions of drum major, percussion and color guard, as well as an overall excellent rating in the band caption at the MacEachern Marching Invitational competition.

The band also earned the following honors: first place in Class AA for percussion, overall grand champion in Class A and AA for color guard, and second place in Class AA and third place in Class AA for band.

In addition, the Wildcat Marching Band received superior ratings in all captions - drum major, percussion, color guard and band - at the Greater Atlanta Marching Competition.

The following caption awards were awarded to the band as well: third place in Class AA in percussion, first place in Class AA and overall grand champion in Class A and AA in color guard, and second place in Class AA and second overall in Class A and AA in band.

Roaring Lions

completes competitions with superior rankings

The Peachtree Ridge High School Roaring Lions Marching Band completed its final competition Nov. 1 at the Old South Marching Festival in Newnan. The band received all superior rankings and was awarded "Best in Class" for the band, percussion and color guard.

In the previous competition at the Greater Atlanta Marching Festival in Rockdale, the band received all superior rankings, "Best in Class" in all categories and grand champion awards for percussion and color guard.

At the McEachern Invitational, the band received all superior rankings, "Best in Class" for percussion and color guard and the grand champion award for percussion.

The band is practicing weekly in preparation for upcoming participation in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade and trip to New York.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.