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Bridgemen head to the capital

January 14, 2005

Valdosta - Today, it's practice around the school. But next week, the Lowndes High Bridgemen will be marching through the streets of Washington D. C. "We're just going to go and do what we do best, which is perform," said Band Director Charles Todd.

They're one of about 40 bands picked to perform in President George W. Bush's Inaugural Parade.

"There was upwards of 1,000 bands that applied," said Todd.

"Its an honor to be able to perform for him," said Kimberly Waters. But its more than just an honor for Kimberly Waters, this performance has special meaning. She was born 16 years ago during George Bush's inauguration, now she'll spend her 16th birthday marching in front of him at his son's inauguration.

And its not her first big performance. Last year the Bridgemen marched in the Macy's Parade in New York and they've been chosen to take part in the Tournament of Roses parade next year. "To be able to play in three of the biggest parades in the country in three years is really exciting for us," said Todd. "I think it speaks for the hard work that the young people put in."

Hard work that will pay off next week when they give the performance of a lifetime.

The Bridgemen will leave for Washington D.C. Tuesday afternoon. There will be a barbecue fundraiser at the high school Saturday from 10 until 3:00 to help pay for their trip.

posted at 3:30 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com