Band plays for opening of new Wal-Mart

Band members show enthusiasm of opening of new Wal-Mart

The Marching Band helped dedicate the new Wal-Mart on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at its grand opening ceremony. The ceremony lasted from 7:00 a.m. until 7:45a.m. and included a Cub Scout troop, various executive Wal-Mart employees and the mayor of Shawnee, Jeff Meyers.

The band played four songs in the ceremony and the cheerleaders performed as well.

“We played the Fight Song…and “Great Balls of Fire” because they feature different sections. We also played the “Hey Song” since it’s a crowd pleaser and we played “Crazy Train” because everyone was crazy about Wal-Mart opening,” Sophomore alto saxophone player Shelby Badger said.

Badger was happy to participate in the ceremony.

“It was exciting to be a part of something that will bring revenue to our city,” Badger said. “I think [the band] did well considering the circumstances. It was cold and early overall but we pulled through.”

Junior trumpet player Erik Marquardt agreed that the store brought change to Shawnee.

“It will be good for the community. It will add jobs and give a closer location for us to shop for stuff,” Marquardt said.

Wal-Mart employee Kristin Quintana has worked at Wal-Mart for 13 years. She will be working at the new Wal-Mart now and is eager to begin.

“It’s exciting to see Wal-Mart here because it means innovation and a future. We have all been waiting for this for a long time,” Quintana said. “It is a fresh start. This is a great area to work in and we have a great team.”

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