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Minford band to attend D.C. parade

August 5, 2014

By Joseph Pratt, The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio

Aug. 05--Congressman Bill Johnson recently announced that he has nominated the Minford High School Marching Falcons to participate in the 2015 National Independence Day Parade. The parade will take place in Washington D.C. on July 4, 2015. The Minford Board of Education recently approved the trip during their July regularly scheduled meeting, sealing the deal for the band.

"I am extremely pleased to nominate the Minford High School band to participate in the 2015 National Independent Day Parade," Johnson said. "The Marching Falcons were the only band nominated from Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. I've heard many great comments from those throughout the community regarding their performances, and I am thrilled that they will represent Scioto County, and all of Ohio'sSixth Congressional District, in Washington next July."

The National Independence Day Parade takes place annually on July 4th in Washington D.C. before hundreds of thousands of spectators. The parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian teams, drill teams, VIP's, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. The parade is a major national event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning of the holiday.

The Minford Marching Falcons have been under the direction of Adam Porter for the past seven years. Porter graduated from Morehead State University in 2007 and is a graduated Falcon himself.

"I teach band to grades 5-12," Porter wrote, concerning his time directing the band. "The band has grown significantly under my tenure and consists of approximately 150 kids in the band program 5-12."

The marching band itself is approximately held by 51 active members.

"As a former graduate of Minford, I have always had a heart for the school district," Porter said. "It was my goal, when I took over as director of bands at Minford in 2008, to see the band program reach heights it had never seen before. For the last six years, the students, past and present, have worked towards this goal. It has only been in recent years that we have started to see some continued success from our hard work and dedication."

Porter said he feels honored and humbled to receive the honor of being nominated to perform in D.C.

"I believe we were nominated by Congressman Bill Johnson because of our commitment to quality musicianship and continuous improvement on and off the field," Porter said. "Our students have such a natural drive for success whether it be academically, athletically, or musically and it shows."

The Minford High School band will be performing at multiple OMEA sanctioned competitions in the area, performing their show entitled, "Heartbeat." The first competitions are on September 20th in Coal Grove and Rock Hill. They will also be performing at the Scioto County FairAug. 8 at 5 p.m.

Porter said that he is planning various fundraisers to make the D.C. dream a reality.

Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932 or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.


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