On Tuesday, May 14th, Captain Joshua Kolden of the Army National Guard presented the Pride of the Hill Marching Band with an American flag that was flown in a combat mission in Iraq. The flag was presented in recognition of the band’s 2018 marching production, “A Hero Is…”
Captain Kolden, who recently returned from a deployment in Iraq with the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, watched every performance of the marching show via livestream and delivered personal messages to his family at each marching competition throughout the fall. With the time change, Cpt. Kolden, and many other members of the the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, would get up in the middle of the night to watch the band performances. Kolden commented to band members at the flag presentation that he and his comrades drew a lot of inspiration during their nearly year-long deployment from seeing the band support and honor heroes throughout the fall season.
Pictured from left, Adam Twenter (Director of Bands), Cpt. Joshua Kolden, Kristin Peterson (Assistant Director of Bands)