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The 5 most memorable performances by Butler, Warren County high school bands, vocal groups

Fairfield High School marching band’s performance at Disney World last week was just the latest highlight of a local performing arts squad making it to a national stage.

MORE: Fairfield High School marching band brings local music magic to Disney’s Magic Kingdom

The Butler County marching band won a prestigious invite to perform in a parade down Disney’s famed Main Street in Orlando, Florida.

Butler and Warren county high schools have built a high-profile tradition in recent years by performing before national and international audiences.

There are too many local schools and big-time venues to mention all of them, but among the top 5 high school bands and choral groups to earn “big stage” performances were:

1. LAKOTA WEST MARCHING FIREBIRDS

Lakota West High School’s marching band performed in the 2008 and 2015 Rose Parades on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., before a global TV audience of 79 million.

The Marching Firebirds of Lakota West High School remain the only band in Southwest Ohio to perform twice at the Rose Parade. (CONTRIBUTED)

In 2013, the Marching Firebirds also played in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

MORE: Lakota West makes 2nd trip to Rose Parade

2. FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CHORALIERS

Fairfield High School’s famed Choraliers won top honors in 2012 in the international competition of the World Choir Games in Cincinnati.

The Fairfield Choarliers perform during the Show Choir (Champions Competition) of the World Choir Games in July 2012 at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati. (GREG LYNCH/2012)

MORE: Fairfield’s famous Choraliers compete at World Choir Games

3. MASON HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING COMETS

Warren County’s Mason High School marching band was one of only 20 schools nationwide invited to perform in the 2016 Rose Parade.

In 2016, the Mason High School Marching Comets made their first trip to perform in the Rose Parade before an international TV audience of 79 million. (CONTRIBUTED)

The 313-member band had won top-5 honors in the 2014 among 95 other bands at the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis.

MORE: Mason High School band makes Rose Parade history

4. LAKOTA EAST MARCHING THUNDERHAWKS

Lakota East High School’s marching band was invited to perform in Hawaii in parades and ceremonies commemorating Pearl Harbor Day in 2008.

The band later played in Hollywood, Calif., and other major events.

MORE: Lakota East band goes Hollywood

5. HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BIG BLUE

In 2016, Hamilton High School’s Marching Big Blue performed at the same Hawaiian-island events in what was the school’s longest journey ever and the first trip out of the continental USA mainland.

The marching Big Blue of Hamilton High School performed at Pearl Harbor Hawaii in 2016. (CONTRIBUTED)

More than 130 band members, school staffers and parents made the trip.

MORE: Historic Hamilton High School band trip to Hawaii is a 1st

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