Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band senior drum major Sierra Dearing, center, presents the flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol building to former Mariposa County Unified School District board president Joe Cardoso, left, and superintendent Robin Hopper.
The dust may have settled since the Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band returned from their recent trip to Washington, D.C., but the memory lives on.
On Oct. 5, a very special United States flag began being flown at various school locations in honor of the band’s historic trip.
The flag is one that flew over the nation’s Capitol on May 4, 2015 in honor of the band’s visit, at the request of U.S. Congressman Tom Mc- Clintock.
In June the flag was presented to the Mariposa County Unified School District (MCUSD) board of trustees. It was the band’s request that the flag be flown over the district’s administrative offices, then subsequently flown over each of the schools with student(s) involved in the trip.
The “tour dates” for the flag are as follows:
• Mariposa County Unified School District administrative offices through Oct. 9;
• Mariposa County High School from Oct. 12-16;
• Mariposa Elementary School from Oct. 19-23;
• Woodland Elementary School from Oct. 26-30;
• El Portal Elementary School from Nov. 2-6.
“All of us at MCUSD are so proud of the Grizzly Band, and the exemplary way in which they represent our schools and community,” MCUSD Superintendent Robin Hopper said. “I also want to acknowledge the ongoing support provided by the Grizzly Band Boosters, who have been so instrumental in the success of this trip, and in so many other band events. In addition, our outstanding band instructor, Rod Fiester, is to be commended for his dedication in providing music education and enrichment opportunities to our students across the county.”
At the conclusion of its tour, the flag will be returned to the band, for display in the MCHS band room.
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