Photos by Kurt Howard
AT THE INAUGURATION. The Global Connections High School band (Also known as the Blue Hat Pack) poses at the National Mall before the Presidential Inauguration ceremonies. The Capitol building is in the distance. Our photographer was embedded with the group as they traveled to Washington D.C.

What a weekend in the other Washington SLIDESHOW

What a whirlwind of a weekend--and then some--for the Global Connections High School wind ensemble and jazz ensemble from the Tyee campus in SeaTac.

They witnessed the swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the inauguration. Music director Lyn Nelthropp took her group across the country (over 2,700 miles) for a five-day trip to see what Washington, D.C. has to offer and it did not disappoint.

Besides the inauguration our tour included a trip to Arlington Cemetery, the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, capital tour, the National Air and Space Museum, and Kennedy Center to hear the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist Tzimon Barto.

I was fortunate enough to be a chaperone/photographer with the group.

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