Pulaski schools refute making political statement with Rose Parade song

CREATED Jan 4, 2012

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PULASKI - The Pulaski high school band from the Green Bay area is making headlines for what it played in the Rose Bowl Parade. 

The band started with the Wisconsin fight song, "On, Wisconsin" but then switched to a song many thought was "Union Maid," a pro-union song.

It was alleged that the band's performance of the song was some kind of political statement to Governor Walker.

Pulaski Schools Superintendent Mel Lightner said it was not meant as any sort of statement.

"We play it all the time," said Lightner to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker.

He explained that song was really a 1907 polka called "Red Wing Polka."

According to Lightner, the song is the favorite for the band director's grandmother, and Lightner says it is a way to honor Pulaski's Polish heritage.

"We have an annual festival called Polka Days which is one of the largest polka festivals in the world."

Apparently, Woody Guthrie used part of the polka for his song "Union Maid."

Lightner says it's a lesson for the students about how fast online rumors can spread.