The South Cobb High School marching band has been selected to participate in the inaugural parade for President-elect Barack Obama next month in Washington, D.C. The band was selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee from more than 1,300 applicants and will represent the Cobb County School District, the state of Georgia, Cobb County and the city of Austell in the parade.
Under the direction of Zachary Cogdill, the band will march down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Presidential reviewing stand while performing “Georgia On My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael, and “Summon the Heroes”, a tune composed by John Williams for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
South Cobb submitted a powerful application to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The application included 15 letters of recommendation from students, parents and politicians; a scrapbook of student expression cards expressing patriotism, school pride and passion for music; a DVD of the band’s performance at the Oct. 31, 2008 Bands of America competition at the Georgia Dome; an audio recording of the band and a video production by the South Cobb Video and Broadcasting production class. The committee selects at least one representative organization from each state in the country.
After the announcement of the band’s selection and its need for funds to make the trip possible, support from throughout the state of Georgia and beyond poured in. Q100 radio’s The Bert Show spearheaded a fundraising effort throughout Atlanta, collecting more than $100,000 for the band! That, along with other donations, total $107,409.22 as of Dec. 15.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can use the Cobb Educational Foundation’s secure online form.
More information about South Cobb High School and its band is available at www.cobbk12.org/~southcobb.