Oak Ridge Band Brings Donation to FDNY

Oak Ridge Band member Tyler Humphrey with firefighters at the station where the band dropped off the donation.

Band seniors at FDNY

Tuesday the Oak Ridge High School Band, in New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, visited a a fire station to present them with the donations raised from the band’s Miracle on 34th Street fundraising campaign. The fundraising effort, benefiting the New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation, was something our Oak Ridge kids undertook in November, to give something back to the city that is providing the band and ORHS with an opportunity to shine on a national stage.

Oak Ridge Band director Jack Allen with an FDNY firefighter

The fire department they visited included a chalk board, now encased in glass (pictured above, to the left of Tyler Humphrey), with the shift schedule from 9-11-2001. It lists the captain and four others from that shift.

Band president Evan Moore scoping out the performance area

The band also took the opportunity to check out some of the parade route, including the performance area in front of Macy’s.


The weather forecast in New York City Thursday morning is blustery, with temperatures expected to be in the 40s, sustained winds up to 23 mph, and wind gusts up to 35 mph. Hold on to those hats!

Band president Evan Moore at the Macy's awards luncheon

9th grade campus principal Julie Miller at the Hard Rock Cafe

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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