Frankfort Falcon Band playing for the President

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Courtesy of Frankfort Falcon Marching Facebook page

The Frankfort Falcon Marching Band from Short Gap will be playing for President Barack Obama on Monday.

The Frankfort High School band is one of 24 bands marching in the Inauguration Day Parade.  Only 14 of those bands are high school bands, and Frankfort is the only one from West Virginia.

More than 3,000 bands from around the country applied to be a part of the parade.  Frankfort band leaders submitted audio and video from previous performances.

Band Director Roger Williams says the band has been practicing every day for the performance.  While the more than 70 band members are excited, Williams says the trip is costly.

“Our selection for this parade was on December 17th and of course the parade is on Jan 21st so we that didn’t give us a lot of time to put funds together,” Williams said.  “We have appealed to our community members and a lot of folks have really come through to help us out a lot. It is probably going to cost us about $6,000 for lodging and charter buses.”

The Inaugural Parade can be watched on CSPAN or on the live webcast on the Presidential Inaugural Committee website. The Falcons are in the fifth and final division about six entries from the end of the parade. Their division’s projected step off time is 4:30 p.m.

Band members left for Washington Sunday afternoon, according to media sources.


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