Happy Independence Day!
On the Fourth of July, I’ll be in our nation’s capital watching our high school marching band participate in the National Independence Day Parade that travels down Constitution Avenue. It’s an honor to be selected, and we’re so proud to have not just one, but two kids involved with this parade.
The Virginia slot rotates through the Congressional districts, and the selection just happens to sit with our Congressman (Morgan Griffith) this year. I’m not sure how our high school was chosen, but of course I know it was the best possible selection. Obviously.
Here’s a link to a short (approximately 2 minutes) video our local TV news did on the band. Unfortunately, the camera keeps cutting away every time it gets near Gaze, but there’s a short shot of Bookworm saluting toward the end, and a short interview with PETBoy.
Both the just-graduated seniors and the upcoming freshmen are involved, so Bookworm and Gaze are both marching. Which is, I must say, awesome! Bookworm was a little bummed that she wouldn’t be playing. Usually the new year’s drum majors would have taken over by this point, but I think the band director thought it would be better if the ones with experience were in charge for this event, so she and PETBoy will be marching out front. Gaze is in the rear of the block, just in front of the tubas, with his trombone.
They’ll be playing John Philip Sousa’s “National Emblem March,” and they sound wonderful. With so many rookie marchers, I admit that the lines could… possibly, maybe, sort of.. be straighter and the marching more precise, but the sound is very very good.
The CEO and Taz and I, along with sister and brother-in-law and Curiosity and Primrose, will be standing along Constitution Avenue and cheering on the Pulaski County (Virginia) Golden Cougar Marching Band. I’ll be wearing the cheerful grapefruit/rosewater/tea fragrance Moschino Funny!, and you may certainly wish us a cool and overcast day… wool-blend uniforms in 90F heat are no picnic.
Best wishes to you, and enjoy the Fourth!