The Hillcrest High School marching band will perform Monday during Gov. Kay Ivey's inauguration ceremony.

The band, composed of 110 musicians, will leave Tuscaloosa County early Monday morning and head for Montgomery, where they will perform in the inauguration parade.

Kevin Thomas, director of bands at Hillcrest, said he received a call from Secretary of State John Merrill before Christmas about the possibility of the band performing at the inauguration. Thomas said the inauguration is scheduled to feature a marching band from each of Alabama’s 67 counties, in addition to the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and Auburn University’s marching band.

"It’s a great experience for the kids not only to perform, but it’s also a big honor to be invited," Thomas said. "It’s a longtime tradition that is a very big deal."

Thomas said the band has spent limited time rehearsing for the event because students just returned to classes after the long Christmas break. He said the band would likely pull out songs they performed from the past football season.

"The preparation has not been extensive, but it’s been a good experience," he said.

Celebrations for Ivey’s inauguration kicked off Saturday night on the Gulf Coast, which included a performance by country singer Neal McCoy. 

Ivey became governor on April 10, 2017, after the resignation of Robert Bentley. She earned a full term in office after winning the general election in November. Ivey is the second woman to serve as Alabama's governor. Lurleen B. Wallace, a Tuscaloosa County native, was the first.  

 

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