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MCLB Band marches in the Big Easy

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - This time of the year, many people make plans to head to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and this year, they'll be joined by a local band.

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Band has been selected to march in four parades at this year's celebration. The 50 piece unit is a familiar site to Southwest Georgians, but they've also marched in other parades, including this year's Outback Bowl parade in Tampa.

Band members say that music is an important part of their mission.

"It's certainly an honor to be representing not only the command, but also Albany, Georgia," said Chief Warrant Officer Christian Flores from MCLB Albany.

And Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Douglas from MCLB Albany said, "anytime we get out on the parade and see the people cheering, they show their patriotism, the flags out, all the great support we get. That's always a great feeling."

The band estimates that they'll march a total of 50 miles during their six day stay in the Big Easy.

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