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20 Jan

Pearl Drums at the 2009 Inaugural Parade

Bonnie Brae, a residential school for boys in Bernards Township, received notification that its marching band, the Bonnie Brae Knights, is among the first 49 groups invited to participate in the two-hour inaugural parade on January 20. The delighted CEO Bill Powers spoke on behalf of the 98 boys who reside at Bonnie Brae expressing his deep appreciation for this honor. Inaugural planners received a record 1,382 applications, up from the usual 300 to 400.

Powers said, “Choosing the Knights to perform in the Inaugural Parade will send a powerful, positive message to the nation’s children who are in foster care, group homes, or residential centers.” Founded in 2004 by a Bonnie Brae resident, the Knights have performed for local, state, and national audiences. Because Bonnie Brae is one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest residential treatment centers for abused, neglected and abandoned youth, the Knights performance in the Inaugural Parade will hold great significance for the residents and others like them.

The Knights are a marching drum line composed of 12 drummers and 2 staff advisers. They perform rhythms composed by their former musical director, Brother William, inspiring audiences to clap along.

Since all participants in the Inaugural Parade are responsible for paying for their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C. The Center is hoping for community support and asking that donations be directed to the development office of Bonnie Brae, 3415 Valley Road, PO Box 825, Liberty Corner, NJ 07938-0825. Donations may also be made online. For more information about Bonnie Brae contact the Bonnie Brae Development office at (908) 647-8803.

Programs Playing on Pearl

Siloam Springs High School Band, AR
Mountain Ridge High School Pride of the West Marching Band, AZ
Redwood Middle School marching Band and Auxiliary Units, CA
Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band, CT
Howard University Marching Band, DC
Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School Marching Band, DC
Delaware State University Marching Band, DE
Alexis duPont High School Band, DE
University of Delaware Fightin Blue Hen Marching Band, DE
JP Taravella High School Band, FL
Carl Sandburg High School Marching Eagles, IL
Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band, LA
Wyandotte Marching Chiefs, MI
Petal High School Marching Band, MS
Bonnie Brae Knights, NJ
Brooklyn Music and Arts Program, NY
North Allegheny High School Tiger Marching Band, PA
University of Tennessee, TN
Evergreen High School Marching Band, WA