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|[Video] Relive Lesbian & Gay Band Association marching in inaugural parade|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Thursday, 24 January 2013 19:44|
There were seven members of the Atlanta Freedom Bands marching in the historic second inaugural parade for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 21 — and if you haven't seen it yet, check out the video below.
Performing Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" in marching band style, the LGBA had POTUS and Veep standing up as they walked by, smiling and clapping along in beat.
The LGBA was the only LGBT group in the parade that included 28 bands. The Lesbian and Gay Band Association had representatives from 30 of the 31 bands across the U.S., forming a massed band of 215 people to march in the parade.
President Obama's inclusion of gay people and Stonewall in his inauguration speech likely made marching in the cold a little bit easier for LGBA membrs.
Representing Atlanta in the parade were Eddie Young and Bob Derickson, piccolo; Karen Helbling, trumpet; John Peterson, trombone; Robert Corona, color guard; Danielle Steele, honor guard; and Cliff Norris, sousaphone. Young and Norris were also section captains on the artistic leadership team.
Watch closely to see your hometown band members. At 1:22 we see Robert Corona on the far right with a wide grin and again we see him at the 1:40 mark in the center of the screen; and at the 2:16 mark there's Eddie Young also smiling broadly behind his piccolo for a few seconds before the camera cuts to President Obama and Vice President Biden smiling and clapping along. Did we miss anyone?
Top photo: Atlanta Freedom Bands participants, (front row, left to right): Danielle Steele, Eddie Young, Robert Corona, Mark Birditt; (second row) Cliff Norris, John Peterson, Karen Helbling, Bob Derrickson. (courtesy Cliff Norris)
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