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Resident selected for Rose parade

Area woman Bobbie Conklin chosen as a banner carrier

Bobbie Conklin

Morgantown resident Bobbie Conklin will participate in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.

Conklin was selected as a banner carrier for the parade entry “Saluting America’s Band Directors.”

Conklin is the director of Business Development for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

Conklin will be joined by her brother Robin White, who is the elementary band director and assistant marching band director for Belpre City Schools in Belpre, Ohio.

White will be playing trombone in the “marching band of band directors,” which is made up of nearly 300 band directors from across the country.

The band will be led by a custom-designed animated float sponsored by The Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation, based in Pickerington, Ohio. The foundation was created to recognize and carry on the work of the late Mike Sewell, who dedicated his life to the school and community music programs in Pickerington and the central Ohio area for more than 38 years.

The parade entry will convey the theme “We teach music. We teach life.” The extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of band directors are well known to their students, to parents and to school teachers and administrators. No matter where they teach and work — public and private schools, colleges and universities, the military, community bands — dedicated music educators and leaders work long hours to not only teach and direct music, but to teach life itself. Student lives in particular are positively changed by a motivational leader who taught, inspired and mentored them.

Details on the project are available on the Saluting America’s Band Directors website,

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