Band marches new governor into office

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By Nathan L. McBroom

The Shelby County High School marching band was one of 120 bands across the state that welcomed Gov. Steve Beshear to his first day in the governor's office during the inaugural parade Tuesday morning.

Bryan Ellis, SCHS band director, said that the band was excited to have the privilege of playing in the parade. He said that the band has been performing at a high level this year.

"Shelby County will definitely be well represented," he said.

Every four years, each of Kentucky's 120 counties are invited to send a representative to the inaugural parade. Most counties elect to send a marching band. Since Ellis has been band director, this is the second time the band has attended the parade.

Ellis and the 90-member band and color guard performed "Frosty the Snow Man" as they walked in the massive parade.

He said that the band recently played in the Bands of America Grand Nationals, where it placed 36 out of 90 bands from across the country.