Jayhawk helps plan inauguration

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Alumni News and News

As a member of the U.S. Army band proudly known as “Pershing’s Own,” Master Sgt. Gerry Amoury, d’86, has performed in four presidential inaugural parades, dating back to President Clinton’s re-election. Now he’s assuming more responsibility as a planner, joining the military task force charged with reviewing applications from groups hoping to perform in President Obama’s Jan. 21 parade and coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inauguration.

“It’s a way to pay homage and respect to the commander in chief and to the elected president,” says Amoury, a Leawood native stationed at Fort Myer, Va. “I’ve seen so many pictures of my organization over the decades marching in inaugural parades; I can now look at those pictures and say, ‘I’m doing that right now.’ It’s an honor to be part of that long line of history.”

To read and hear more about “Pershing’s Own,” visit www.usarmyband.com.

-Chris Lazzarino

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