So I just got back from one of the most memorable trips of my life thus far.
On January 21st, 2013 the Norwich University Regimental Band marched in the 57th Inaugural Parade. I was honored and humbled to be a part of it.
As one can imagine, the day entailed a lot of hurry up and wait. We had to go through several checks and screenings before we could be staged. We arrived at the Pentagon at 1030 and did not step off until about 1700 or maybe 1730 (it was too cold to check my watch). Though all of the waiting and screening was a pain, it was all very worth it. The band was very honored to represent the university and the state of Vermont on the national level. We prepared so hard for this and most of us will likely never get this opportunity ever again.
So about 1730 we finally step off and begin the parade route. Immense pride filled my heart as I heard the announcer reading the description of Norwich University and of the band over the playing of the drumline. The history behind this school and this band gives me the motivation to strive to become a Norwich Cadet and to give everything I have to become a part of Band Company. We start to play the tunes that we have practiced time and time again and all nerves disappear as the band settles into the rhythm just like if it was any other parade.
After what seemed like just a few minutes and yards, but in actuality about a mile and a half, I could see the reviewing stand in the distance. The roll off is given and before I know it we are playing "National Emblem" for the President. As we are marching by, I'll admit I took a glance at President Obama. Who could resist? It was surreal. Here was this man that I have followed on the news and have seen countless times in photos and videos only but a few feet away. The most powerful man in the world stood only a few feet away. As we marched past the leader of our country, I felt immense pride. The band that I take part in is so skilled that we have the opportunity to play for the President. It was a great experience and one that I will not forget anytime soon.
Here are some photos and videos of the trip:
This is my Band Prospect Training Platoon expect for two females on the end who are not prospects. Also in the picture are our training cadre. We are standing in front of the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial.