Video and photos: Columbus North prepares for inauguration parade; ‘this is a huge deal for our whole city’

We’re with the band.  Come with us as we chronicle through stories, photos and video the Columbus North marching band as they prepare to perform in the inauguration parade on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. On that day, Donald J. Trump becomes president and Columbus native and North graduate
Mike Pence becomes vice president.

The Sound of North musicians took their first steps toward marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. for the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 by practicing their marching in the school Commons.

With orange cones signifying the boundaries, the students practiced cadence and marching Tuesday night at the high school before settling into seats to practice the music they will perform on Jan. 20.

The band, the alma mater of Columbus native and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, was invited at Pence’s request to perform during the parade.

Keith Burton, band director, told band members to listen closely before the practice began and to remember that the band members’ performance is important for not only the school, but the city of Columbus as well.

“This is a huge deal for our whole city,” Burton said.

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