You’ll get chills when you see this parade participation after a tragic Texas bus crash


Each year, more than 100 members of the Andrews High School group participate in a Christmas parade during the holiday season.

The Andrews High School Mighty Mustangs group were on their way to a football game in a nearby town when a reverse driver slammed into the bus, killing the group principal and the bus driver, a protest of support that touched so many of people.

The Andrews High School Mighty Mustang group were on their way to a soccer game in a nearby town when a reverse driver slammed into the bus, killing the group principal and the bus driver, according to the Washington Post.

Principal John Carranco said 13 of the 25 students on the bus had been treated at a nearby hospital, most with minor injuries, but they were all shaken and devastated at losing their music teacher and driver.

“It was a painful loss for everyone,” Carranco said.

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Not only did the students lose two dear men, but the accident destroyed many of their instruments. Because of this, city residents and business owners did not expect the group to participate in the Christmas parade on December 3.

“With the accident so fresh on their minds, we didn’t want to pressure them to parade and perform this year,” said Nohemi Sanchez, executive director of the Andrews Chamber of Commerce.

But the Mighty Mustangs Band wanted to honor their group manager and continue in the show.

When Chris Wheeler, deputy director of Tarpley Music in Lubbock, got wind of what was going on in Andrews (just over 100 miles away) he thought it would be a good idea to contact band directors across the board. West Texas, where the group’s community, while widespread, is closely related.

“I was talking to assistant conductors at Andrews the night after the accident to see how everyone was doing, and they told me they didn’t have enough good instruments available to play. They were thinking of retiring from the Christmas parade, ”Wheeler said.

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Groups come from miles around to support the Marching Mustang Band.

Wheeler had an idea and contacted other group directors.

“What if we gave the students more instruments and everyone wore Christmas clothes to walk with them in their town parade?” ” he said.

The response was a “we’re in”.

“I was shocked when I saw how many groups wanted to help,” Sanchez said.

Wheeler said he told them he would take care of the planning and that they would perform “Jingle Bell Rock”.

The instruments were delivered to Andrews approximately 30 miles away two nights before the parade. They were sent with the aim of replacing those lost in the accident.

Then, on December 3, as thousands of people from all cities marched through the streets in support, dozens of school buses arrived with band members, music teachers, band directors and instruments.

Many students from the surrounding towns learned the music by going to the parade, but you would never know by hearing it.

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Chase Hall, who lives in Andrews and attended the parade, said the city expected around 1,000 students, but could not have predicted how much of an impact it would have had.

“Words can’t begin to describe how amazing it was,” Hall said.

Watching the group of about 1,400 play “Jingle Bell Rock” might give someone chills.

“Seeing all the kids from other towns, the joy they were having, you could just tell they were having fun and loving what they were doing,” Hall said. “(This) is a small town, and it brought us all even closer.”

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