Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Werahre Tahmahkera, a junior at Mesa’s Mountain View High School, has been a member of the Mountain View Toro Marching Band Color Guard for the past three years. Recently the band was invited to the United Kingdom to represent the state of Arizona in the 30th anniversary New Year’s Day Parade on January 1, 2016, in London, England.
The band received a personal invitation from the Lord Mayor of London, asking them to represent Arizona in London, England, marching before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The band has been practicing about 14 hours per week to prepare for the parade, which is 2.5 miles long. The London New Year’s Day Parade is attended by approximately 2 million people, and at least 10 million more view the parade on TV.
It won’t be all marching for Tahmahkera; she and her bandmates will spend the seven days in London visiting Big Ben, Parliament, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Greenwich and Abbey Road. They will also attend the musical “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the big Ferris wheel known as the London Eye, and Big Ben,” said Tahmahkera. She also thought it would be interesting to learn how to use pounds instead of dollars and is excited to meet the queen when they perform a concert for her.
A few years back, she and other Community members in the Mountain View Toro Marching Band performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.