Several Cadets and Colts members are garnering attention in their local papers for their participation in the upcoming Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington D.C. Announced at the beginning of December, the two drum corps are among less than 100 groups selected from an applicant pool of nearly 1,400 to participate in the parade that will recognize U.S. President-Elect Barak Obama on Jan. 20, the day he is sworn into office.
Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps set for Inauguration Today's Sunbeam of Salem, N.J. reported on the Cadets' departure plans for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration Parade. The group will spend the upcoming weekend rehearsing at Woodstown High School in New Jersey before making the two-and-a-half hour trip to Washington, D.C. early on Tuesday morning. Read the article on NJ.com.
Colts Drum & Bugle Corps will play inauguration The Peoria, Ill. Journal Star reported on several central Illinois residents who will perform with the Colts as the 120-member group heads to Washington, D.C. to for the Inauguration Parade on Tuesday. Read the article on PJStar.com.
Troubled boys step up to inaugural challenge Several individuals associated with the Spirit of Newark/New Jersey Drum Corps including director Harold Wright were hired to teach a drum line made up of residents of the Bonnie Brae Residential Treatment Center in New Jersey. The drum line was selected to participate in the upcoming Presidential Inauguration Parade. The New York Times article describes the Bonnie Brae center as "a rural campus housing 98 boys ages 8 to 18 who cannot live in the community at large because of what the state calls 'psychiatric and behavioral challenges,'" and the opportunity for the students to participate in the parade as "a Cinderella story, about a ragtag group of kids who loved making noise, but didn't have a clue about precision or style." Read the article on NYTimes.com.
Student to march in parade The independent student newspaper of George Washington University (GW) recently featured GW junior Joe Lewis. Lewis, a sixth-year member of the Cadets, will be traveling with the corps to Washington, D.C. this Tuesday to march in the Presidential Inauguration Parade. Read the article on GWHatchet.com.