Band going back to D.C. [UPDATED]Published 11:01am Thursday, December 20, 2012 Updated 1:05pm Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Kennedy Secondary School marching band received an early Christmas present from Washington D.C. Wednesday in the form of an invitation to perform at the Presidential Inaugural Parade in January.
“It’s a very proud moment,” said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. “There’s nothing better than seeing a band from your own state in the Inaugural Parade. It’s quite an honor.”
The band performed at the 2009 Inaugural Parade and will return for another memorable march Jan. 21, 2013.
“I wanted to call it a once-in-a-lifetime event, but I don’t know how I can say that now,” band director Scott Kummrow said.
Kummrow, along with 3,000 other band directors, submitted applications and only about 100 were invited to play at the Inaugural Parade.
“It has been something that has been on the back of my mind since we did it last time,” he said. “It was such a great experience because of the excitement it created in the band program and support we got from the community.”
Marching band members might have a chance to catch a glimpse of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as they march down Pennsylvania Avenue and past the White House.
The students are excited about the opportunity to play, but they have a lot of work to do before the bus leaves Jan. 17, Kummrow said.
“They’re pretty excited, but they have their game faces on,” he said. “We talked a lot yesterday about how this is not something that just happens. It’s going to take a lot of work in the next three weeks.”
Kummrow said opportunities like this are only possible because there is so much widespread support for the band program in the area.
“I’m proud of what we have here in Fergus, and I’m proud of the community and students,” he said. “When something like this happens, it’s not a reflection of me, it’s a reflection of the community we live in.”
The trip will be an big opportunity for the band, but like many big opportunities, it comes with a big price tag. The band program needs to scramble to come up with at least $60,000 ($425 per student) in only a few weeks. Kummrow is asking local residents and businesses to help fund the trip. Checks can be written out to the Fergus Falls Band Boosters with “Inaugural Parade” written in the memo line. Donations can be sent to Fergus Falls High School c/o Scott Kummrow. 601 Randolph Ave. Fergus Falls, Minn. 56537.
“The motto of the marching band is ‘Share the Pride,’” said Kummrow. “Members of the band do this with performances of patriotic marches and a traditional marching style. The band members, Fergus Falls High School and the community of Fergus Falls all take pride in the Fergus Falls High School marching band. With the honor of being selected again for this performance, the band members hope that you ‘share the pride.’”