- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2001

The spirit of Robert E. Lee will march in George W. Bush's inaugural parade, but in disguise.

"General Winsalot" is the mascot of the Robert E. Lee High School Mighty Rebel Band from Midland, Texas the president-elect's hometown and he's a general who looks a lot like Lee, whose mighty Army of Northern Virginia won a lot of the battles but in the end lost a lot.

The band arrives in Washington just as a lot of Democrats, following the confirmation hearings of John Ashcroft and Gale A. Norton, profess to be offended a lot by the kind things the nominees have said about Lee and the Confederacy. Perhaps in deference to tender feelings, the Lee band will perform with the Midland High School Band as the "Sky is the Limit March on Washington Band."

Band director Randy Storie says his school, whose athletic teams are called the Rebels, tries to play down the connection with history. His bandsmen only occasionally play "Dixie," and no longer fly the Southern battle flag.

"Some people are sensitive to that," he says.

Still, sometimes history and tradition seep through political correctness. "There's a lot of pride in our school," he says.


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