Band Returns

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

The fog couldn't stop dozens of McQueen High School band members from returning to Reno today.
They had been in Washington D.C., playing at the President's Inaugural Parade.
Overnight, band members had to sleep in the Denver airport.
They were supposed to come back last night...but Reno was socked in by a eighth straight day of freezing fog.
A tired and weary bunch...finally docked at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport.
As band members slowly made their way past the security checkpoint, anxious parents waited to hear every last detail of their historical trip.
The McQueen High School Band almost didn't get to go to the Inaugural parade.
Band members had to raise more than a hundred thousand dollars.
And, along the way...waged through cancelled flight after cancelled flight.
Band Director, Rick Moffit, says the freezing fog was all part of the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Band members say President Bush gave them a smile and a wave, as they turned down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Some students only 15-feet from "our" Commander in Chief.
The band continued to play a few patriotic melodies, including "God Bless America" and the "Grand 'Ol Flag."
Television networks carried the songs "live" for nearly two minutes.
Security was tight for the inauguration.
Band members say they noticed all of the police...but say they weren't phased by the dozens of protestors.


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