CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.
Kim Heron is the music department at Atkinson Elementary School (http://www.atkinson.pps.k12.or.us) in Portland Oregon, USA. She is also an alumni of the 2009 Obama Inaugural Parade and as a parent of a student attending Atkinson, who is also a member of the band, I say "Bravo". She participated with her mellophone, sometimes called a french horn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellophone).
I was driving home on Thursday before the weekend of the Inaugural Parade and it was dark and cold. Up ahead I saw someone walking in the road on the left as you should you know, facing oncoming traffic. As I drew closer I saw something at the lips of this person and my first thought was, oh oh, somebody is out with an axe to grind and has decided to do it with a bull horn for us all to hear. It was an axe alright but it was a mellophone, not a bull horn, and it wasn't just someone, it was Kim Heron, working her chops!! My concern melted into a large smile. I tapped the horn and yelled "YES" in my warm, windows up car. That is dedication, but those of us who know Kim won't be surprised.
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Below are some photos I captured from C-span's archives which can be accessed by clicking on the title of this post or click or copy and past thi link: http://www.c-spanarchives.org/common/timeline.php?progid=200477#. We are very proud. I looked around for her but don't know if I spotted her. If you know, post a comment below.
Kim's email: firstname.lastname@example.org