Douglas High School band invited to Bush inauguration – again |

Douglas High School band invited to Bush inauguration – again

MINDEN – For the second time in twelve years, the Douglas High School band will have the privilege of playing for the inauguration of President Bush.

The band marched in the 1989 inauguration parade before George Bush Sr. was sworn into office.

On Friday, band director Bill Zabelsky learned the band was invited to play again, this time during the Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington, D.C., of George W. Bush, the eldest son of the former president.

”We’re the official George Bush band,” Zabelsky joked after learning the band was invited back for the 2001 festivities.

But the invitation wasn’t extended without a lot of work on his part.

Zabelsky said he wrote letters to both presidential candidates before the November election, as well as to many senators and the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee seeking an invitation for the band to participate in the inauguration.

He then submitted a four-page application, audio and video tapes, pictures of the band and a rundown of what music they would play.

”They said there were hundreds of applicants and we were the only group from Nevada,” Zabelsky said. ”They picked something from each state.”

The band will play on a street corner, entertaining the crowd along the parade route before the parade begins. Afterwards, they will have front-row seats to watch the parade itself.

The band is seeking donations to help cover the costs for the 60-member band, estimated at $75,000.

”We did this 12 years ago and the community and state were more than generous,” Zabelsky said. ”Being as we’re the only Nevada representative, hopefully, we’ll get the support of the community.”

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