Video from DC

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Got Pictures?

We would love to see some of your great pictures from the Inauguration trip - Submit your pictures to brenda.dreyer@northern.edu.

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More photos from CNN





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Hurry Up and Wait

The day of the inauguration was a day of "hurry up and wait". We left our hotel for the Pentagon and went through about 2 hours of security. After much waiting, we finally left for the camp site to wait around to step off on to the parade route. We waited around for several hours before we finally lined up to step off on to the parade route. It was twilight by the time we stepped on to the parade route and slowly getting darker. Once we started marching in the parade, my adrenaline started to rush. This was it, the moment we had all been waiting for, we were finally going to see the President and march in an famous parade. Throughout the parade route fans and newscasters were cheering us on and saying wonderful comments about us. When we hit the White House, I knew we were getting closer to President Obama. After the White House was the presidential box where Obama, Biden, and other politicians were sitting. When we finally got up to the box I turned to look at President Obama and he gave us a salute and a wave.

This was the moment I had waited for this entire trip. I finally saw the President and knew this trip had been all worth it. We marched very well and made NSU very proud. This trip was beyond amazing! I loved every single minute of it and I'm happy to be back and ready to share my experience with the NSU campus and Aberdeen.

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A few pieces of the Media Coverage

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The Trip Home Begins

Just got done marching the Presidential Inaugural parade. Very proud of the band. What an excellent group of students they have been fantastic on this entire trip. Now we are hustling to catch our plane!!! Sincerely, Boyd Perkins

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Update from the Parade Viewing Stand

The adult group that has been seated for several hours waiting for the parade to begin did not have to stand in line to get to their seats other than security. This is much different than the group that viewed the 2005 parade. The security consisted of lookng through any bags and had us unbutton coats. There is a large security presence here at the parade. They are all on the street. We are behind a barricade that separates the bleachers from the street. We have been sitting here for about 2 and a half hours.

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Security Screening for Marching Wolves





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Bring on the Parade

The NSU adult travelers are at their seats. The seats are around the corner from the White House and Presidential reviewing stand. The parade is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. but it will not start until the President gets to the parade site which could be much later than 2:30. He is attending a luncheon that just got underway. The streets are lined with police officers, military personnel, and members of The Secret Service. We have also noticed just like in 2005 there are snipers on some of the rooftops. We should have a great view of the marching wolves as they come down the street. I will update when the parade beginsto pass by us. The Northern band is in the last part of the parade.

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Heading to their seats!

I am on my way to the parade site with our adult travelers. We are on the metro about half an hour outside of the city. When we get off we will walk to the parade site were hopefully we will be able to get into 1 of 2 Bleacher areas for which we have tickets. We will have to sit for several hours until the parade starts but we are very excited to see the marching Wolves today. The weather is supposed to be in the low forties today which I understand is much warmer than Aberdeen. The kids are very excited today and we look forward to the parade. Stay tuned! Thanks for all your support, Jessica Perkins.

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Best Seats on the Parade Route

In contrast to last time we went to the inaugural parade yesterday's high temperature in Washington DC was a sunny 64 degrees. Today is predicted high is about 44 which is still warm for our students in wool uniforms. We were pleasantly surprised to receive an allotment of 30 White House row tickets in the televised area of the parade Parade. Our parents and friends on the trip will get to watch the parade right near the president in what is a very expensive and exclusive part of the parade route. I'm not sure how we got them other than we're being very blessed on this trip. Things have been absolutely phenomenal on this trip. We ask for your thoughts and prayers as we continue to the day. Students are in great spirits and we're looking forward to the parade. Sincerely, Boyd Perkins.

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Parade Morning Update from Boyd Perkins

It's parade day today we will leave the hotel at 10 a.m. report to the Pentagon at 11:30 a.m. and we step off in the last fifth of the parade at an unpredictable time . It could be fairly late depending on when the President starts the parade. The parade is supposed to start at 3 p.m. if everything goes as planned. Last night we had dinner at the Kennedy Center up on the top floor overlooking the city it was amazing. The Kennedy Center was also hosting the Martin Luther King junior celebration and Michelle Obama and children SHOWED UP!! One of our buses was late and could not get to the dinner at 6 o'clock with the rest of the band because Secret Service shut down everything coming into the Kennedy Center due to Michelle Obama's arrival. The last bus got to finally eat at 8 o'clock and arrived about 2 hours late to the hotel. Chalk it up to experiencing the inaugural in Washington DC. We are looking forward to marching in the parade today and also looking forward to representing NSU to the fullest. I'll be trying to send some photos on my phone as we get ready for the parade. We ask for everyone's thoughts and prayers as we take off on this terrific adventure. We've been highly blessed with good fortune and positive outcomes this whole trip. The students have had a great time and have grown immensely. The best part is yet to come today. Thank you friends, family, administration and staff for all your support. This is an experience that really shapes our future leaders.
Sincerely Boyd Perkins

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Presidential Review Stand on Sunday

Here is the Presidential Parade Reviewing Stand on Sunday - we will be marching right in front of this.

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Sunday update from Chelsea

I did lots of signtseeing on Sunday. The Marching Wolves did a group photo at the Lincoln memorial in front of the reflecting pool. After the photo shoot, we got the opportunity to see the Lincoln momunment. What a breath taking view. Later, my group and I explored DC a little more going downtown. The best museum to go to was the Holocaust museum. It has a powerful message in it. The museum was very well done with lots of videos and real artifacts from the concentration camp. Definately mind blowing! Lastly, seeing the White House in person was breathtaking, I'm loving all the sights, place, and hustle and bustle. I can't wait until Monday!

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Parade Order Announced

Planned Order for the Inaugural Parade
  • The Presidential Escort
  • The Presidential Escort is a military and civilian formation that escorts the President, Vice President, and their families from the Capitol to the White House following the swearing-in ceremony. The escort will include representatives from the five branches of the United States Military, elected officials, and local and national law enforcement organizations.
  • Division One
  • United States Army Staff
  • United States Army Field Band
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Army 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment
  • United States Army Color Guard
  • District of Columbia Army National Guard
  • United States Army Reserve 200th MP Command
  • Punahou High School Marching Band and JROTC Color Guard, Hawaii
  • Hawaii Home State Float
  • Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corps, Iowa
  • Caisson Platoon, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment
  • Miami University Marching Band, Ohio
  • Illinois Home State Float
  • South Shore Drill Team, Illinois
  • Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, South Carolina
  • Kamehameha Schools “Warrior” Marching Band, Hawaii
  • Ambulance 255 Project, Connecticut
  • 81st Regional Support Command Wildcats, South Carolina
  • Jackson Memorial High School “Jaguar” Band, New Jersey
  • Seguro Que Si, Florida
  • Kansas University Trumpet Ensemble, Kansas
  • Division Two
  • United States Marine Corps Staff
  • United States Marine Band “The President’s Own”
  • United States Marine Corps Active Company
  • United States Marine Corps Color Guard
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve Company
  • Chinese American Community Center Folk Dance Troupe, Delaware
  • Delaware Home State Float
  • University of Maryland “Mighty Sound of Maryland” Marching Band, Maryland
  • Pennsylvania Home State Float
  • Boy Scout Troop 358, Germantown, Pennsylvania
  • Palm Springs High School "Spirit of the Sands" Marching Band and Visual Corps, California
  • Ballet Folklórico De La Raza, Colorado
  • 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company A, Massachusetts
  • Utuqqagmiut Dancers, Alaska
  • A Therapeutic Equine Assisted Self-Confidence Experience (A.T.E.A.S.E.), Wisconsin
  • Palmview High School Mariachi and Folkloric Group, Texas
  • NASA - Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Curiosity Rover
  • Dobyns-Bennett High School Band, Tennessee
  • 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company B, Maryland
  • Boston College “Screaming Eagles” Marching Band, Massachusetts
  • Division Three
  • United States Navy Staff
  • United States Navy Band
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Navy Active Company
  • United States Navy Color Guard
  • United States Navy Reserve Company
  • Georgia State University Marching Band, Georgia
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Float
  • Ballou Senior High School "Majestic" Marching Knights, District of Columbia
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team and Color Guard, Michigan
  • Calera High School “Eagle” Marching Band, Alabama
  • Gym Dandies Children’s Circus, Maine
  • Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Massachusetts
  • Civil Rights Float
  • Lesbian and Gay Band Association
  • Native American Women Warriors, Colorado
  • Little Rock Central High School Band, Arkansas
  • Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance, Utah
  • Central Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard, Washington
  • Division Four
  • United States Air Force Staff
  • United States Air Force Band
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Air Force Active Company
  • United States Air Force Color Guard
  • District of Columbia Air National Guard
  • United States Air Force Reserve Company
  • Grambling State University “Tiger” Marching Band, Louisiana
  • Tuskegee Airmen Float
  • Norwich University Regimental Band, Vermont
  • Montana Delegation, Montana
  • Wind River Dancers, Wyoming
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Navajo Nation Band, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico
  • United War Veterans Council, New York
  • Pearl River Community College Marching Band, Mississippi
  • Union High School Air Force JROTC, Oklahoma
  • Fergus Falls High School Marching Band, Minnesota
  • Asheville High School Marching Band, North Carolina
  • Division Five
  • United States Coast Guard Staff
  • United States Coast Guard Band
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • United States Coast Guard Active Component
  • United States Coast Guard Color Guard
  • United States Coast Guard Reserve Component
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy Staff
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy Band
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy Color Guard
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy Company
  • Northern State University “Marching Wolves,” South Dakota
  • Military Spouses of Michigan, Michigan
  • Londonderry High School Marching Band and Color Guard, New Hampshire
  • Culver Academies, Indiana
  • Portsmouth High School “Patriots” Marching Band, Rhode Island
  • The Native American Tribes of North Dakota, North Dakota
  • Liberty North High School Band, Missouri
  • Sarpy County Nebraska Metro Area Law Enforcement Honor Guard, Nebraska
  • Frankfort High School Marching Band, West Virginia
  • Comparza Morelense, Nevada
  • Letcher County Central High School Marching Band, Kentucky
  • Our People, Our Future Float & Citizen Co-Chairs
  • Firefighters of Idaho, Idaho
  • Virginia Military Institute, Virginia

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What does one wear for an inauguration?

When security goes to check me today they won't be able to find anything because I can't fit anything else on my body. Between the tights, leggings, two pairs of socks, two bras, a spaghetti strap tank, long john, long shirt that goes under the sparkly dance top, sparkly top, jazz pants, & gloves I can barely move as it is lol. Bring on the Presidential Inauguration 2013! Go Wolves! N! S! U! NSU! - Sabrena Schmidt, Huron

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Sunday recap - the parade is hours away

We had a great day enjoying our free time in the National Mall area. We went to museums and saw many national monuments. We also got a great picture of the Marching Wolves at the Lincoln Memorial. We attracted a lot of attention while we were taking the picture. It must be because we are all so attractive. We are on our way back to the hotel to get some rest for the big parade tomorrow. Our adult travelers have a great opportunity to watch the parade from what we think will be very good seats in the bleacher area which is reserved. We are very excited and looking forward to sending some photos and video! Go Marching Wolves!

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Inauguration Practice Taking Place

This photo is from Senator Tim Johnson's office of the official Inauguration practice that is taking place at our Capitol building.

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Update from Director Boyd Perkins...

We did a group photo on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this morning. The weather has been absolutely great and the kids are having a great time. I'm not able to send a group picture right now because I didn't take the photo on my cell phone it's on a camera. I do have a picture of the drum majors in front of the Washington Memorial I will send that if I haven't done so already it's also on the Facebook page. Terry and I are going to the parade meeting right now the students have free time this afternoon exploring the museums in all the sites on the mall. I went up and explored the presidential reviewing stand paced out the distance to the parade and saw Wolf Blitzer and got his picture. It's been absolutely a phenomenal and highly educational trip for the kids.






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Still traveling to Washington, DC

Hi - this is Yvonne Freese. I am lucky enough to get to be one of the banner carriers for the Marching Wolves. I am still in the Minneapolis airport waiting for my flight to DC. I couldn't leave with the rest of the team as I had a basketball game Friday and Saturday night. When I was in the Aberdeen airport a couple people recognized me and came up and asked if I was Yvonne Freese. It was pretty funny. One thing nice about Aberdeen is it is a small enough community that everyone knows and loves NSU. I can't wait to get to DC and see the rest of the band.The weather report says it is supposed to be a balmy 40 degrees in DC - Minneapolis even feels like Hawaii after leaving Aberdeen this morning! I will send you more later - I am going to see if I can find some famous people that will be on my flight going to the Inaugural !




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