WARRENSBURG A 2008 graduate of Warrensburg High School will be performing in front of a national audience in a few weeks as she plays flute or piccolo in a marching band participating in President Obama’s inaugural ceremonies.
Audrey Seaman will be marching with the Norwich University Regimental Band in the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Seaman is a senior at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the U.S.. The Norwich Regimental Band is the oldest college band in the nation, Seaman said.
The Regimental Band was founded in 1823 and has performed at the inaugural ceremonies of several presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, according to a report in the Burlington Free Press.
The parade is to take place after Barack Obama is sworn in Monday Jan. 21.
Seaman said she was looking forward to marching with the 54 other Norwich band members in such a historic event. Several dozen bands have been invited to march.
“I’m really excited to be part of this national event,” she said Jan. 8.
At Norwich, Seaman is a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, in charge of the military training of over 300 students. She leads one of the freshman battalions.
Also, she serves as Managing Editor of Norwich’s college newspaper, The Guidon. In addition, she works for the Norwich University Magazine, which is distributed to all the college’s alumni.
While at Warrensburg High, she played four years in the school’s high school band, sang in choir, played on the field hockey team, and performed in the pit orchestra for several of the school’s musicals.
Seaman started playing flute in the fourth grade learning the basics from Music Teacher Betsy Moynehan.
Soon after graduating from Warrensburg High, Seaman spent two months in Europe as a member of American Music Abroad’s New York State touring band, giving concerts in Wales, Germany and France.
After high school, she spent one year at St. Lawrence University before she transferred to Norwich.
As for the future, Seaman is aiming to be a member of one of the U.S. military bands. If not, she may be pursuing a journalism career, she said.
Seaman’s mother, Catherine Dzierba, said she was also excited about her daughter being part of the inauguration.
This is a great opportunity, and I’m very proud of her,” she said. “It’s just fantastic.”