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NSU band to march in Obama's inauguration parade

ABERDEEN (AP) -- The Northern State University marching band is preparing to take part in President Barack Obama's inauguration parade on Monday.

The experience will give the students a renewed sense of patriotism, Marching Wolves color guard director Bailey Geist told the media.

More than 100 students from the Aberdeen university will march down Pennsylvania Ave. in the nation's capital, playing the song "This is My Country."

Playing in the parade will help Northern State "kind of get our name out there and show what we have to offer," said junior Callie Marlette, a trumpet player from the South Dakota city of Gettysburg.

The pace has been hectic since the Marching Wolves learned Dec. 18 that they had been selected for the parade.

"The first thing was we had to get everybody registered with the Secret Service. And that was due by Jan. 1," said NSU associate band director Terry Beckler, a percussion professor. "So we had to get ahold of everybody while they were on vacation, get them to log into a website and submit a picture and other personal information."

Beckler also has been busy with room lists, airline manifests and passenger lists. He spent part of this week weighing the band's instruments. The charter flight requested the information to make sure the flight is not overloaded, and the data also was needed for insurance purposes.

Junior Abby Klumb, a clarinet player from Parkston, said she looks forward to one simple thing Monday: "Seeing the president wave at us when we're marching."