LONG BEACH The Long Beach Waves of Blue drill team recently won first place in the Ilwaco Childrens Loyalty Day Parade marching division and they won first prize in the Raymond Santa Claus Parade, as well.
The team began practicing last August. Many of the 18 members parents were members of the original Blue Jays drill team that was started by instructor Jan Schneider in 1992 and performed through 2003.
Schneider was a drill team instructor from 1959 to 1983 for the Olympia Eagles. She is assisted by former Blue Jays member Miranda Kary. Taylor Agee is captain, Arianna Bell is first lieutenant, and Chandell Thomas is second lieutenant.
The group is a non-profit organization and is funded by donations, car washes, and a spaghetti feed that was held at the Church of the Nazarene. A car wash is planned for May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Long Beach Bank of Pacific.
Any child interested in joining Waves of Blue is welcome to attend practice Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the old high school cafeteria.