Guards get on their game

The Citadel Summerall Guards will participate in the inauguration parade for President Donald Trump along with the school's Regimental Band and Pipes. File/staff

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes and the Summerall Guards will participate in the parade that follows the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence, the school said Wednesday.

“The Citadel is greatly honored to have been selected to participate in the presidential inaugural parade," said Col. Tim Smith, Citadel director of music. "We’ll be practicing as soon as cadets return from winter furlough and look forward to heading to Washington, D.C."

The Presidential Inaugural Committee sorted through 200 applications from parade hopefuls, according to The Associated Press.

The Regimental Band has about 80 cadet musicians. The Pipe Band includes some 35 to 40 bagpipers and drummers.

"They are working on the music selections this week, selecting patriotic songs that can be played by the band and the pipes band together," said Kim Keelor-Parker, spokeswoman for The Citadel.

The Summerall Guards is a 61-member silent precision drill platoon whose members include Cameron Massengale of Greenville. In 2014, he lost his dominant right right hand and wrist in a butcher shop accident. Despite the injury, he persevered to master the skills needed to join the elite group of seniors, The Citadel said.

Being selected to participate in a presidential inaugural parade is an honor the college has enjoyed multiple times, dating back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s inauguration in 1953.

The inauguration parade between the U.S. Capitol and the White House will include a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens' groups, marching bands and floats representing all 50 states.

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