WHS marching band to perform in inaugural parade
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Jan 05, 2011 | 2207 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker High School marching band has been invited to perform in the inaugural parade that will be part of Gov.-elect Robert Bentley’s inauguration on Jan. 17.P hoto by: Ron Harris
The Walker High School marching band has been invited to perform in the inaugural parade that will be part of Gov.-elect Robert Bentley’s inauguration on Jan. 17.P hoto by: Ron Harris
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Walker High School Marching Band members got a new reason to celebrate this week when they returned to school following the Christmas holiday.

Curtis Burttram, the director of the school’s band program, recently learned the marching band has been invited to participate in the governor’s inauguration ceremony to be held in Montgomery on Jan. 17.

Burttram said he is still figuring out the details regarding the band’s trip to the capital to perform during the gala that will precede Robert Bentley’s first term as governor.

Burttram has, however, decided on the music that will be played. In keeping with the theme of the inauguration, Celebrate Alabama, the group will perform a combination of Kool & the Gang’s No. 1 hit “Celebration” and the patriotic standard “God Bless America.”

Burttram has also chartered buses to take the marching band from Jasper to Montgomery and back. Fortunately, as soon as Burttram found out about the possibility of the performance, he was able to reserve the buses.

Burttram said he is not sure how the Walker High band got the attention of the inauguration’s planning committee. However, he added he believes the band may have been nominated by a local state senator.

Typically, marching season is concluded with the annual Christmas parade. However, with the plans to perform in Montgomery, the marching band must play on.

“We’ll have to prepare, certainly, for that parade,” Burttram said. “We’re just trying to get a plan together to prepare for that next week.”

Burttram said his students are thrilled with opportunity to perform in Montgomery.

“They’re all very proud and excited to be able to do a special event like that,” he said.