ROSEWOOD – King Jacob of the local cultural group known as the Band Room Realms declared Thursday night that his abdication and accompanying coronation of his successor would take place the next day. Prince Aaron, Duke of Edmount and heir to the Überstadti throne, is widely anticipated to be named the fourth King of the Band Room.
The Bandish monarchy, established by King Franklin in 2012, is a now-customary institution among performing arts students at Mountlake Terrace High School. Each new monarch is a band student and incoming senior at the school, who abdicates at the end of the academic year in favor of the successor of their choice from the lower class. The coronation involves the new ruler ascending a pyramid made of chairs and crowning themselves.
Jacob is the second consecutive Bandish leader to announce his abdication on extremely short notice. His predecessor, Seth, called for the coronation just hours before the event was held.
Prince Aaron has been the Überstadti envoy to the Bandish court under two kings’ reigns, and many both inside and outside the bands have predicted for years that he would eventually accede. Although Jacob is to officially name the next ruler tomorrow, rumors that Aaron is the king’s favorite for succession were supported by the fact that the ceremony was first announced privately to him.
King Adam of Überstadt will attend the coronation, as will Kara, the Baroness Rosewood and mother to the Überstadti royals. If Aaron ascends chair pyramid tomorrow, she will be the first parent of a Bandish monarch to witness their child’s coronation.
Very few alternate candidates for the kingship are known, none of which are women, despite the fact that there has not yet been a Queen of the Band Room.