Monticello High School Marching Band Performs In Inauguration

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

January 12, 2006

It has been a busy week for the Marching Mustangs of Monticello High School as the entire 85-member band prepares to march in this weekend's inauguration parade.

They have done it before. Marching in precision to honor Virginia's governor during an inaugural parade.

"It feels great, and I can't wait to be there. I t's a really historic event. A governor hasn't been inaugurated there since Thomas Jefferson, so it has a lot of significance," said Kaitlin Heffron, a drum major in the marching band.

One of 40 school bands representing the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Monticello High School Marching Mustangs, are ready to do it again.

They were picked to march in "Virginia's 70th Gubernatorial Inauguration" this Saturday after applying just days before Christmas. Five days later, the Inaugural Committee made its decision.

"It was a matter of two days that you had to get your application in, and all your information, so it is just thrilling. We are so excited," said Susan Nothnagle, the band director of the Monticello High School Marching Band.

The Marching Mustangs strutted in Richmond for Governor Warner's inauguration in 2002, so knew it would take lots of practice to make their second time just as good.

"We've put off the jazz band, the stage band, and the wind ensemble for the practice for this parade," said Daniel Sniden, a drum major in the marching band.

Playing the song 'America', band members have hit the pavement around their high school and track several times each day this week, as their band directors and instructors made sure every step and flag twirl was right.

The Marching Mustangs will leave very early Saturday morning to make the parade, which starts at 10 a.m.

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