Ohio marching band to play in virtual Biden inauguration parade

    The Kenton Ridge High School Marching Cougar Band. Photo courtesy the school band's website.

    A marching band from Springfield will be representing the Buckeye State in Wednesday’s inauguration proceedings for President-elect Joe Biden.

    The Kenton Ridge High School Marching Cougars, part of the Northeastern Local School District, was chosen to perform in a virtual “Parade Across America.”

    Under normal circumstances, the inauguration parade features a variety of bands, service organizations and equestrian teams making their way down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House. 

    With inauguration events scaled back due to the pandemic and the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, a virtual “parade” is being livestreamed instead.

    The Kenton Ridge musicians recorded their segment at Wittenburg University, also located in Springfield. 

    The Parade Across America is set to begin at 3:15 p.m. and will be livestreamed at BidenInaugural.org and on the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch pages, along with a number of TV networks.

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    Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.