President Obama inauguration

The Calera High School Eagle Band is headed to Washington to march in President Barack Obama's inaugural parade.

Band director Ryan Murrell said he sent a video to the inaugural committee in November, and the Calera band got picked to represent Alabama in the parade.

This is not Murrell's first inaugural parade. He participated in the parade for President George W. Bush in 2001 as a student at Homewood High School.

About 140 Calera band members are making the trip to Washington, along with staff and chaperones. They will return on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama's second inaugural parade will include a tribute to the Alabama-based Tuskegee Airmen who broke the color barrier during World War II.

The presidential inaugural committee announced plans for the parade on Monday.

Black fliers trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee in the 1940s to become the nation's first minority pilots during the war. The field is now a historical site located off Interstate 85 east of Montgomery.