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DB Band headed to DC

Published On: Jan 20 2013 07:18:46 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 20 2013 07:33:54 PM CST
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

The Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band will represent their home town in a big way Monday as they march in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade.

Sunday morning more than 330 band, ROTC and color guard members boarded buses and headed to Washington, DC.

"This is an event that has a legacy, a history that goes all the way back to George Washington, so to be a part of that is really exciting," says assistant band director Ryan Gilbert.

The Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band is one of one of 30 bands picked from 2,800 applications to march for the President of the United States.

"We are the only band from Tennessee that gets to do this and get to go, so it's a big deal because we are marching for our country," adds Junior Meredith Cline.

This isn't the first time Dobyns-Bennett has been in the spotlight. Senior, Drum Major Matt Carter says after playing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a University of Tennessee half-time show, the inauguration is the perfect senior-year finale.

"At least to the seniors, it's really stuck out as an amazing four years at Dobyns-Bennett and so it was really cool to cap it off with something like this," adds Gilbert.

The band members say they are humbled to represent their home city of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Thousands of dollars were raised in the city to make the long haul to the nation's capitol.

"I just hope the community appreciates this and is as excited as I am because this is truly amazing," says Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips.

Dobyns-Bennett will be marching right behind NASA’s rover Curiosity.

The Letcher County, KY Band will also be marching in the parade representing Kentucky.

The parade starts at 2:30 Monday and can be seen on WCYB.