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Aurora

The rhythm of East Aurora’s Middle School Marching Band will be heard this year at the Veteran’s Day Parade in Manassas, Va.

Middle School Principal Mark Mambretti announced during last week’s School Board meeting that the band had accepted the invitation. The parade is the largest Veteran’s Day parade in the capital region, he said.

East Aurora also asked the U.S. Education Department if officials would like the band to play for the newly named National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School designation for schools around the country. East Aurora’s Middle School just won that honor and administrators visited Washington, D.C., for the recognition.

The department accepted the district’s offer to perform at the ceremony, Mambretti said.

“We’re becoming quite the buzz at the Department of Educationa,” he quipped, noting that this is the first time a non-local band has performed for that event.

On a related Blue Ribbon school note, the Middle School will host a public flag-raised to commemorate the designation during the morning of March 4. Details are still being finalized, but it is being billed as a community-wide event with the flag-raising on the Middle School front lawn, followed by a jazz ensemble concert indoors afterward.

Also last week, the School Board last week agreed to reinstate the 2012-13 modified track program, which had been slashed in previous budget cuts. The East Aurora Cross Country Booster Club will cover all related costs, which were not specified at the board meeting. The boosters also will cover transportation needs.

Also this week:

• The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora.