The WLA Choirs will open the 1st annual Captain Derek Dobogai Memorial Run/Walk on September 5, 2009 with a very special version of the Star Spangled Banner – the same version that was performed by the joint US military academy choirs and US Army Herald Trumpets for Superbowl XXXIX. This version comes to us through the gracious help of Captain David Paroby, director of the US Army Herald Trumpets, and Ray Charles, the arranger of the vocal score, and his son Jon.
The WLA choirs and brass will perform from the bleachers of the WLA track at 8:00 AM on Sept. 5. Warmups will be that morning at 7:00 AM. Anyone who is interested in singing along with the choirs is welcome to contact me for music (email, facebook, twitter, cell 920-251-4490).
Derek Dobogai was a 1999 graduate of Winnebago Lutheran Academy who went to heaven on August 22, 2007, while serving his country in a mountainous region of Multaka, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This memorial run/walk is being held in honor of the 14 men who lost their lives on that day, as well as to honor all service men and women currently serving our country, our veterans, and our fallen heroes.