Days Until Parade

2017 Theme: "Our Heritage"

2017 PARADE GRAND MARSHAL BEA FINDLAY - WORLD'S OLDEST DRUM MAJOR

Bea Findlay, the band's drum major, also will be wearing a unique costume.

"Normally I have them made for me by locals," Findlay said of her drum major costumes.

But because this will be her eighth and final year marching with the band, Findlay special ordered her costume this year.

And if you see her in the parade, be sure not to call her a majorette.

"A majorette wears a little skirt and boots," Findlay said. "I don't care about politically correct - except that I'm not a majorette."

As far as being in the band, Findlay said she believes the variety of members come back just because they enjoy playing.

"There are people who have marched before, a lot who have marched in some big bands," she said. "But it's also just a real opportunity for people who haven't experienced marching to march."

For Findlay, marching offers a return to her past, when she was a drum major in high school for an award-winning band.

"When I left after many years, I thought, 'You know, if I could only do one more parade before I die, that would be wonderful,'" Findlay said. "And I've been privileged to find, through Larry, the Juneau Volunteer Marching Band."

At 70, Findlay calls herself the world's oldest drum major.

"What a blessing to be able to do this," Findlay said. "How many people can say they're still marching (at my age)?"