Several Central Valley High School students of a musical bent learned the importance of goal-setting last week.
The good news arrived just in time for the holidays and nearly one year after the CVHS band program set a goal to march down Pennsylvania Avenue in the 57th Presidential Inauguration Parade on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.
The CV Marching Band and Colorguard will be the only group representing Washington state in the internationally televised parade.
The students are set to leave on Jan. 17 and will practice tonight (Friday) and Saturday at the Eastern Washington University Fieldhouse in Cheney to fine-tune their performance.
The CVHS contingent was selected from more than 2,800 applications submitted to the Inaugural Committee by the November 2012 deadline. All 50 states will be represented in the parade, with CVHS receiving the solo honor to represent Washington state. There are currently 55 invited groups listed on the official Inaugural Parade Participation list, including only 14 high school bands.
“The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values, and diversity of our great nation,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
The students will stay in Baltimore, Md. While there, the band will perform at the Presidential Inaugural Heritage Music Festival in Brooklyn Park. They will then march in the Presidential Inauguration Parade on Jan. 21 and perform a series of patriotic tunes in front of millions of live and television viewers.
The band is set to play “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “Shenandoah,” “Battle Cry of Freedom” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
As an added bonus, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has scheduled a special tour of the U.S. Capitol Building for the students.
“Our band and colorguard members worked extremely hard to achieve excellence, win championships and earn statewide recognition from the music community during the fall marching band season, leading to this amazing opportunity,” said Eric Parker, CVHS director of bands. “We are so grateful for the wonderful staff and administration at Central Valley High School and the Central Valley School District for helping make this experience of a lifetime possible for our talented students.”
Efforts to make the trip to the nation’s capitol began last spring.
For more information on the parade, visit www.inaugural.senate.gov.