This is the Mount Mansfield Flag Team's inaugural year. And musicians were looking forward to marching in their first parade.
"We're really disappointed that it's going to be canceled," said flag team member Molly Burke. "We have one more event this season, but we were really hoping to do this one as our big one. We've worked so hard."
The flag team and over 2,000 Vermont students were warming up for the 86th annual All State parade when bad weather forced organizers to shut things down.
"If lightning, heaven forbid, would strike a group of students it would probably go from instrument to instrument because they're so close," explained All State Festival Director Steffen Parker.
Some bands were still determined to play what they've been practicing since the fall and marched anyway.
The parade was just the kick-off event for a four day long All State Music Festival. Hundreds of kids will perform in orchestras and jazz ensembles at Mount Mansfield Union High School this Thursday through Saturday.
About 250 made it through a grueling audition process to sing in the All State chorus where they'll be conducted by some of the region's best talent.
"Just love singing so much, more than anything. There's meeting people but mostly it's just getting to sing with these people and just sing this great music with other people who are passionate about it," said one of the chorus members, Sam Lewis.
Their spirits may be dampened but their hopes are high. Many musicians say they're looking forward to trying again in 2014.
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