Crestview High alumnus marching in today's Inaugural Parade

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Crestview High School alumnus Ben Cadle, right, and fellow Army Ceremonial Band members wait in the Capitol Visitors Center for the 2009 Inaugural Parade to begin.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

CRESTVIEW — If President Barack Obama’s first inauguration is a guideline, chances are high that a Crestview High School graduate will take another salute from his commander in chief this afternoon.

Since 2003, Ben Cadle, 35, has been a member of the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” which is traditionally the first unit to march in inaugural parades. When they marched past the presidential reviewing box on Jan. 20, 2009, President Obama snapped a salute.

Following his 1995 graduation from Crestview High, Ben Cadle, son of Crestview Mayor David Cadle and his wife, Shirley, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University. He studied at Longy School of Music in Boston before he auditioned for an opening in the Army Ceremonial Band at Fort Myers in Washington, D.C.

Since he was accepted in the band, Ben Cadle has performed for two presidential inaugurations — George W. Bush’s second and Obama’s first — and Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan’s funerals. He has advanced to being a drum-major-in-training.

“I’ve been drum majoring for the past two and a half to three years,” Ben Cadle said. “There’s just a handful of us. It’s been great to have a position of responsibility in front of your peers. They are amazing musicians. It has been a little intimidating at first but I love it. I love every second I’ve had as drum major.”

“It’s an exciting job because he gets to see a lot of history up close and personal,” David Cadle said. “He’s just learning so much.”

He said he and his wife often catch glimpses of their son during television coverage of ceremonial events.



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