Much has been written about the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil's Slide celebration, with the many dignitaries, guests and speakers in attendance ("'Hallelujah' Devil's Slide tunnels finally open" in the March 26 edition of the Daily Journal), but there are a group of kids who I would like to thank for keeping the crowd warm on a typical coastside day with their hot, toe-tapping music.
Each end of the tunnel was represented by their local high school bands. From the south, the Half Moon Bay High School Band directed by John Evans, and from the north, the Terra Nova High School Band in Pacifica directed by Michael Pens, alternated playing for the crowd until speakers were ready to begin. Their upbeat performance with a wide range of musical selections kept people smiling and many individuals expressed their appreciation for the entertainment these talented young musicians provided.
After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the two bands combined to lead the Classic Car parade out of the tunnel with a rousing rendition of "California Here I Come." Both bands did a great job with only one run-through onsite that morning which is a credit to both high schools' music programs.
Finally, I would like to publicly thank San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley who generously donated a thousand dollars to cover the cost of transportation for the hundred plus children and staff to make the music possible. Well done everyone!