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Columbus North Marching Band Looks To Play In Inaugural Parade

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The marching band at Columbus North High School is hoping to make a trip to D.C. to celebrate one of the school’s most prominent graduates. Vice President elect Mike Pence grew up in Columbus and current students at the school want to march in the inaugural parade next month.

There are 170 kids, freshmen to seniors, in the “Sound of North," the marching band at the high school.

After Trump and Pence won the election, band Director Bill Stultz contacted the Columbus Rep. Milo Smith and asked what he’d need to do to get his band to D.C.

"And he was excited about it, so, in fact he even talked to Mike Pence," Stultz says. "Mike Pence said he wanted to see Milo try to make it happen."

Rep. Smith is leading the fundraising efforts. The group needs $125,000 to participate in the parade.

"Obviously this was something we had not expected," Stultz says. "And we just have not budgeted for it so we’re gonna need community help on this.

The money will allow every student and faculty member to go to the inauguration, and maybe even fit in some sightseeing.

"I don’t think people quite understand fully how amazing it would be to be there in the capitol, like when the inauguration’s happening," says band member Caleb Bray. "And it’s more than just sightseeing; it’s really being there to witness a piece of history."

Band member Kathleen Haegele says the experience would especially be exciting for her because this was the first election she voted in.

"So since I voted in it, it’s really cool to see how my vote made a difference," she says. "So It’s gonna be really cool to go there and march and see the democratic process and everything."

The band hasn’t talked to Pence, but Rep. Smith told Stultz that as long as the band can raise enough money to get there, Pence says they are welcome to play in the parade.

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