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Director: Process grueling to get to D.C.

Published 11:21am Thursday, January 17, 2013

It took quite a process for the Fergus Falls Marching Band to be chosen for the presidential inaugural parade — both four years ago and this year.

“In November, we submitted and application to the Joint Task Force National Capitol Region (JTF-NCR),” said Scott Kummrow, band director for the Fergus Falls Marching Band.

Kummrow said he had to submit audio, video and a descriptive narrative as the first step in the process to apply for the band to participate in the parade.

The JTF-NCR is a millitary group that pares down the 3,000 apllicants down to 300.

As a joint component, it includes members from all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components.

“Then the 300 are sent through the Department of Defense to the Presidential Inauguration Committee,” Kummrow said.

From there, the committee then cuts the 300 applicants presented to them down to the 100 chosen for the parade. The Fergus Falls Marching Band, after the process, was informed in late December.

  • P. Carlson

    Welcome to Fergus Falls where you will not be allowed to put a black sign out front if you try to run a business.

    Welcome to Fergus Falls where if you have a job and your boss uses a black sign, you may be out of a job when he has to take the sign down and can no longer use it to promote his sales, making your job too expensive to keep paying you.

  • JR

    I don’t generally get on here and make comments, but, Pam, I think that you posted on the wrong story. These kids and instructors have worked very hard to get to where they are and I’m sure that you didn’t mean to demean that with this negative comment about Fergus. Perhaps you were looking for the “Welcome Sign” article. I for one, stand in Pride to be from a town filled with so much talent and am proud of them for representing us and putting Fergus Falls on the map.

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