Americana: Hail to the Dukes

Those dazzling Dukes from Dixon, Ill. —resplendent in their flowing purple and gold capes, purple cavalier hats with white plumes, and high-collared white and purple shirts—will step off in Ronald Reagan's Inaugural parade after all. For a while, however, it did not look good for the 58 musicians, 14 color guard members and 24 pom-pom persons from the President-elect's home-town high school band.

Encouraged to think an invitation was likely, Band Director Ken Kuebler and some of the band members had designed the new costumes to give the group a new image and "to look like the dukes of a couple...

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