Navajo Nation Band to march in inaugural parade-By Noel Lyn Smith, Navajo Times
O’siyo. The Presidential Inauguration will take place in Washington DC, on Monday January 21, 2013. Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term as President of The United States. The Navajo Nation Band from Tohatchi Middle School will have the honor of participating in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 21, in Washington D.C. They were selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to perform.
“The sound of the march “Old Comrades” echoed through the hallway of the Tohatchi Middle School as the Navajo Nation Band practiced inside the gymnasium.
The band was practicing for a good reason: They will be performing in the 57th Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. Director Darwyn Jackson said the inaugural committee saw the band perform last year at the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma, the America’s Freedom Festival in Utah, and the Sun Bowl Parade in Texas…
The last time the Navajo Nation Band marched in an inaugural parade was in 1973 for President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. For this parade, band members will be dressed in dark blue velour shirts, white pants and, depending on the weather, moccasins or black shoes. They will also accent their attire with turquoise and silver jewelry.
Laura Begay of Shiprock is the drum major and has been a baton twirler for more than 30 years with the band…”I think this is an honor to march in this parade,” Begay said. Her daughter, Brydon Benally, is also a baton twirler in the band. Like her mom, the nine-year-old is excited about traveling to the nation’s capital…
Siblings Virgil Davis, 54, of Window Rock, and Brenda Anderson, 55, of St. Michaels, Ariz., have been members for more than 25 years and joined after playing in the Window Rock High band. For Davis, playing in the inaugural parade is another outlet for the public to learn
about the band and to teach young people music appreciation.”
Congratulations to the Navajo Nation band members and students at the Tohatchi Middle School! We’ll be watching for you.
Related: Visit The Navajo Nation Band
“In our culture, we have such respect for musical instruments; they are like part of God.” ~ Indian musician Ravi Shankar~ (April 7,1920 – December 11, 2012)