Inauguration a teaching tool

In the Niskayuna Central School District, while students learned of the importance of this historical event, one member of the community, Ruth Rice, who teaches music at the Van Antwerp Middle School, provided them with a taste of what it's like to actually be involved in the inauguration.

"My perspective of the inauguration is different than most of the other teachers," said Rice.

Her daughter, Suzanne Rice, is in the Navy Band and the President's Band in Washington, D.C., where she plays French horn, and her daughter's fiancE Christopher Tideman, plays the tuba in both the United States Marine Band and the President's Band.

"Both [were] highly involved in the inauguration activities in Washington, D.C.," said Rice.

She told her students about how her daughter and daughter's fiancE had to rehearse on Sunday morning at 3:54 a.m. so that they could use the streets of Washington, D.C., before the traffic got heavy.

She told her students about how all of the musical numbers were rehearsed and about the different events where they had to play, including the helicopter landing on the White House lawn, the swearing-in ceremony, the inaugural parade and the balls that the president and first lady attended.

"So I try to give the students an awareness of how many people are involved with the activities and how much rehearsal and planning is done. I feel it helps them to watch the coverage, and to look for the groups that are there and to realize that it does take a lot of work to do it well," said Rice. ""

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