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  • In Honor of Gary Locke

    by Representative Mark Takano

    Posted on 2016-01-07

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    TAKANO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. TAKANO. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Gary Locke, a man who has brought pride and joy to my community for more than three decades as the director of the Riverside Community College's marching band.

    When Gary was hired to direct the program in 1984, the school had no drums, no uniforms, and just 16 kids who showed up to camp that first summer.

    Thirty-two years later, the Marching Tigers are a world-renowned marching band that has represented Riverside proudly in blockbuster movies, in television shows, and at prestigious venues around the world.

    Last week Gary and his wife, Sheila, led the band for the final time when they performed ``Bon Voyage'' at the New Year's Day parade in Paris.

    Congratulations, Gary, on your retirement. Thank you for inspiring your students and for invigorating our community throughout your incredible career.


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