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HNHS band donates memorabilia

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BANNER DONATION: Pictured is the 1989 Inaugural Parade banner that was donated by the Huntington Marching Vikes organization to the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center. From left John Gardner, current assistant HNHS band director, Michael Smith, 1989 band member, Thaine Campbell, 1989 band director, Carmin Johnson, current Band Parent Organization treasurer, Michael Petek, current band director, Lisa Driscoll, 1989 band member, Emily Paulette, current drum major, Mark Johnston, current Band Parent Organization president, Zach Lippe, current band member and Dan Johns, Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center executive director.
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JACKET:Emily Paulette and Zach Lippe, both members of the Huntington Marching Vikes, learn about the uniforms worn by the marching band in the 1989 Inaugural Parade.

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

The Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center received historical donations Friday to add to its collection to honor former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Huntington North High School Marching Vikes donated memorabilia that was used by the band when they marched in the 1989 Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20 in Washington D.C.

Band Parent Organization members found the 1989 Inaugural Parade banner, a band uniform jacket and parade patches, all of which were donated to the museum.

“Our thought process was that it would be better displayed somewhere in the community,” said band director Michael Petek. “How many bands can say they performed for a president’s inauguration?”

Petek hopes the memorabilia inspires community awareness for both the museum and the high school’s marching band.

“These items are a history of the vice presidency and linking Huntington to the vice president,” said Dan Johns, executive director of the museum.

Johns says visitors from all around the U.S. visit the museum to learn about Quayle’s ties to Huntington.

The center opened in 1993 to educate children about the workings of the federal government and vice presidency.

There were about 180 band members who participated in the inaugural parade, according to Thaine Campbell, who served as the band’s director at the time. During the parade, the band performed a version of the “Emblem of Unity March.”

“It was interesting to be a part of that parade because we had to follow guidelines of making sure the members kept up and there wasn’t an opening between groups in the parade route,” Campbell recalled.

Michael Smith recalls playing his trombone in the parade.

“It was exciting being in the parade in front of the president and vice president,” said Smith, who was the band’s president at the time.

When the band passed former President George H. W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle, the two clapped and waved, he recalled.