JOINT BASE ANDREWS (CBSDC) — Music was in the air at Joint Base Andrews on Friday morning but it wasn’t a party, it was preparation.

The United States Air Force Band and Honor Guard held its first rehearsal as it prepares to march in the upcoming inaugural parade. It will be the band’s 16th time performing for the commander in chief’s inauguration.

For the professional musicians who were recruited to the Air Force, the inaugural parade is a career highlight, said Chief Master Sgt. Ed Teleky, the band’s drum major and performer in six previous presidential inaugurations.

“It is actually pretty surreal,” he said.

For others, such as the band’s commander, Col. Larry H. Lang, this is their first inaugural parade.

Teleky said playing for a nationwide audience and representing America’s armed forces is a special privilege.

“The importance isn’t really for me as much as it’s the opportunity to represent those folks … on the front line that are defending our freedom around the world,” he said. “It’s incredible.”

The 99-piece band and 91-person honor guard will continue rehearsals at the base throughout the weekend.

They will march along the 1.5-mile inaugural parade route that begins at 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and continues past the White House.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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