Shortly after four o’clock Iowa time, the first of the two Iowa groups in today’s Inaugural Parade marched in front of President Obama.
“The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps from Des Moines, Iowa, in their first Inaugural Parade,” the parade’s emcee announced to the crowd. “….They’ve traveled over a thousand miles to be here.”
Obama and his wife, Michelle, clapped in time to the band’s drums. Barack Obama did a short dance as he stood in the front row of the presidential viewing box.
Soon after, at about 4:15 Iowa time, the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque marched in front of the president. The band played “76 Trombones” which was written by Iowan Meredith Willson for the musical, “The Music Man.”
The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps consists of 119 marchers between the ages of 15 and 21. The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps includes around 50 members between the ages of 7 and 18.
The Inaugural Parade started at the U.S. Capitol and ended near the White House. Obama’s viewing stand was positioned across the street from the White House, so the Iowans were performing for the new president at the end of their long march down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Click on the audio link below to listen to the bands’ performances for the president.