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District says procedural error caused the mix-up; band has accepted invitation to attend Grand Floral Parade

The Canby High School marching band was ready, with instruments in tow, to attend Portland's Starlight Parade on Saturday, June 1. But as the clock ticked, no bus showed.

The full band of students missed the parade.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL - The Canby High School band suited up and marched at the high school on Saturday, June 1 after realizing they had no transportation to the Starlight Parade.

Canby School District announced on social media that it was conducting an investigation into the transportation issue. The district said the initial finding was that no one told the bus company, Student Transportation of America, that they needed a ride.

"We understand how disappointed the entire CHS band community must be," the district said. "The district will continue to look into the circumstances around the lack of transportation to the parade and will provide an update on the findings of the investigation when it is complete."

On Monday, the district completed its investigation, finding that a procedural error prevented the arrangement of transportation to the parade. Band Director Nick Luchterhand submitted the request, but it was not processed properly.

"I made some assumptions about the paperwork I submitted as part of the request for the field trip," Luchterhand said. "It's my responsibility to make sure transportation is arranged, although I was not aware I needed to do so. I offer my sincerest apologies to all the band students, parents and volunteers."

Principal Greg Dinse noted he has worked with Luchterhand to ensure everyone knows the process going forward.

"I am sorry that this procedural error caused our students to miss the Starlight Parade," Dinse said.

He added, "We know how hard these students practiced and prepared for the event. We value the entire band community: students, parents and volunteers. We are sorry that this happened."

COURTESY PHOTO: NICK LUCHTERHAND - Pictured is the Canby band after attending a festival in the bay area in April.

But, the situation wasn't all bad. The band certainly turned lemons into lemonade and opted to march at the school anyway Saturday night, according to reports.

Plus, following the disappointment, the band was invited to attend the Grand Floral Parade this weekend, per a release from the Portland Rose Festival, and Luchterhand has confirmed they will attend.

PMG PHOTO - The Portland Rose Festival shared the invitation via social media.

The district said transportation is already arranged for the Grand Floral Parade.

"The Rose Festival is thrilled to give these hardworking students a spot in the parade to showcase the music they have been practicing on for the last few months of the school year," said Rich Jarvis, Portland Rose Festival public relations person.

The parade is Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It begins at Memorial Coliseum and ends at Lincoln High School.

Kristen Wohlers
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