Jackson Memorial Band Marches in the Cherry Blossom Parade
The Jackson Memorial Jaguar Marching Band was showcased again on a national stage at the annual Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C on Saturday.
Thousand lined Constitution Avenue as Jackson and other bands from around the country celebrated the famed cherry blossoms coming into full bloom, according to My Fox DC. "They were just beautiful," said band director Bud McCormick of the springtime tradition.
Former Washington Redskin player Darrell Green was the parade's grand marshal while Jay Sean, Candice Glover of "American Idol" fame and Sheena Easton performed along the route.
McCormick described a quick but busy trip to Washington D.C for the 200-members of the band and color guard, leaving on Friday afternoon after school and returning on Saturday night. The band took a dinner cruise on the Potamac River on Friday night before lining up at 8 a.m. for the parade on Saturday morning.
Before leaving Washington the band took a walking tour of all the monuments that included the 9/11 Memorial and the new Air Force Memorial which has the 3 arrows that point to the sky like jets.
In the parade McCormick says the band previewed selections from their 2014-15 marching band sjow performance. They also met up with a Morgantown, West Virginia band that they met during their performance at the 2013 Tournament of Roses parade. Miss Maryland 2013 Christina Denny also greeted the band after meeting them during the Miss America Parade last fall.
Jackson did their community proud according to the the band's producer, Todd Macocci who told McCormick the Jaguar Band was "awesome" in their performance.
- Cherry Blossom Parade Coming to a Close; Drawing Thousands to D.C. / CBS Washington
- Cherry Blossom Parade draws thousands in DC / My Fox DC