BUHS band to perform at Obama inauguration


Friday, December 5
BRATTLEBORO - Students with the Brattleboro Union High School band will be among the millions of Americans to witness first-hand the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

But the BUHS Band will get to watch from a different angle, as they will march down Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade after Obama is sworn into office.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee selected the BUHS Band to represent Vermont during the Jan. 20 Inauguration Parade held in Washington, D.C.

The presidential inauguration parade is a longtime tradition honoring the new president. The event on Jan. 20 will include a procession of ceremonial military regiments, marching bands, floats and citizens' groups.

The parade starts at the U.S. Capitol building and proceeds to the White House.

The Vermont congressional delegation - Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernard Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch - wrote a joint letter to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee urging the Brattleboro band be included in the inauguration parade at the Capitol.

"It's going to be something to tell my kids about," said Rosa Palmeri, a BUHS senior who plays the flute in the band. "It's really overwhelming." About 75 students representing the band will make the trek to Washington to perform at the parade.

Read more in the Weekend Reformer.


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