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Presidential Inaugural Committee Invites Punahou School Marching Band and JROTC Marching Unit to Perform in 56th Inaugural Parade
Talent From Across America To March In Parade From Capitol To White House
WASHINGTON - Today, in keeping with its commitment to hold inaugural events that celebrate our common values and reflects the diversity and history of our great nation, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee officially extended an offer to the Punahou School Marching Band and JROTC Marching Unit to march in the 56th Inaugural Parade.
Members of the Punahou School Marching Band and JROTC Marching Unit will join representatives from across the country and our Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-elect Obama's swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.
"I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to participate in the Inaugural Parade," said President-elect Obama. "These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade."
President-elect Obama attended Punahou School from 1971 to 1979. The Punahou School JROTC program is the oldest JROTC program in the State of Hawaii, earning Honor Unit or Honor Unit with Distinction status for 56 years.
Organizations wishing to participate in the parade submitted an application to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC), which then assisted the Presidential Inaugural Committee in reviewing all of the groups' applications. All told, 1,382 organizations applied to participate, setting a new standard for interest in marching in the parade.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee was assisted in its selection process by a group of experienced military musicians, who utilized their expertise to help assess the presentation skills of marching bands, musical acts and drill teams.
If you are interested in finding out more Punahou School Marching Band and JROTC Marching Unit and their participation in the 56th Inaugural Parade, please contact Carlyn Tani at 808-944-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regularly updated information will be provided to the public and the media on our website, www.pic2009.org.