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Rio Rancho HS marching band sends message to Tokyo Olympic Games

Joy Wang
Updated: July 31, 2021 10:35 PM
Created: July 31, 2021 09:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Rio Rancho High School marching band is sending a message across the globe. 

“My daughter is here in the marching band at Rio Rancho High School and her uncle Eddie Umphrey is the coach for Raegan Rutty, who is on the gymnastics team, representing the Cayman Islands,” said Maria Phillip, mother of Victoria Phillps.

The marching band is not making an appearance at the Olympics, but instead the band hopes to send a shoutout. 

“This is the Rio Rancho High School marching band, we want to wish Raegan good luck at the Olympics, good luck at the Olympics Raegan, whooo!!”

Maria Phillips and her family asked the high school for help to send her brother and Raegan an encouraging message.

“They need all the support they can and this is an important time, and she's worked hard to get here and my brother's helped her, and so I like to share the love, so that's why I brought it out to the high school,” said Maria.

This isn't the first time the family has made an appearance at the Olympics.

“Back in 1996, my other brother Chainey Umphrey was actually on the men's gymnastics team, and he competed for the U.S.,” Maria said.

Tokyo is thousands of miles away, but in many ways this marching band said they've got a lot in common.

“Just like the Olympics, they bring everyone around the world together,” said Maria.

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