PHS Band Director Ted Rausch and Student Band President, Senior
Ryan Blyth, were the guests on last Friday's Portsmouth this Week, hosted by Gary Gump. The topic of discussion was the band's participation in President Obama's Inaugural Parade in Washington DC. Being invited to participate in this exciting event was a real surprise for Band Director Rausch, since he had not applied to be in it. With only a couple of weeks of notice, last minute preparation to organize the trip and transport the band down to Washington was a community effort, with financial support coming from the Portsmouth Band Boosters, students, parents and ordinary citizens who wanted to express their pride in the PHS Band and its members.
Band President Ryan Blyth described the awe he felt when he passed the Presidential viewing box and saw the President of the United States, "the most powerful man in the world," on his feet and clapping for them. This was a proud day for all of Portsmouth and one that all of the students who comprise the band will never forget.
Portsmouth this Week, the "Voice of Portsmouth Town Hall," is a weekly public service television program started by Town Administrator, John Klimm. It airs on Public television (Cox channel 18) on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM. It can also be seen by clicking on the video box above or from links on the Portsmouth Town website www.portsmouthri.com and the Portsmouth Economic development Committee website ww.portsmouthriedc.com