Crestview High alumnus marching in today's Inaugural Parade

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

“We saw him once when Bush was president and they were lighting the Christmas tree (in) front of the White House,” David Cadle said. “He was in the group that played and it was like zero degrees. The TV caught him several times; I think you could see his hands shaking from the cold. He accompanied Eartha Kitt. I think she sang, ‘Santa Baby.’”

A former president’s admittance to the hospital shortly before Christmas could have derailed Ben Cadle, his wife, Carrie, and their 14-month-old son Matthew’s visit home to Crestview.

“He had some anxiety over the holidays,” David Cadle said. “He’s the Army band’s liaison for funerals and former President (George) Bush went in the hospital. They practice all the presidents’ funeral plans.”

However, with Bush recuperating, Ben Cadle has been concentrating on Monday’s Inaugural Parade, his father said.

 “He dreads it because of their rehearsal times,” David Cadle said. “They have to rehearse when the city’s asleep.”

“The rehearsal we had this past Sunday was at 3:15 in the morning,” Ben Cadle said. “You put in a full seven-hour day and you’re done at 10 in the morning.”

On Monday, the mayor will try to catch Inaugural Day coverage on what should be a long but memorable day for his son, “one of the horn players in the mix,” as Ben Cadle put it, of the 99-piece band.

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