Howard University Marching Band Invited to Inaugural Parade
Photograph by CEASAR
The Howard University Showtime Marching Band performing during the 2007 Homecoming Parade.
WASHINGTON (December 9, 2008) - The Howard University Showtime Marching Band landed a coveted spot in the 56th Inaugural Parade.
The eagerly awaited call from President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee came close to noon today and was met with excitement from the Band staff and students.
“This is exciting for us at Howard University,” said Showtime Marching Band Director John Newson. “We are truly honored to participate in this historic inauguration.”
Band members, many already on Christmas vacation, should expect music sheets as early as this weekend. The first inauguration practice will take place when school resumes in January.
“From our research, we have learned that President-elect Obama is a big Stevie Wonder fan. We plan to perform ‘Signed, Sealed and Delivered,’” Newson added.
The parade along Pennsylvania Avenue will also include Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, and Hampton University. The Presidential Inaugural Committee received a record 1382 applications.
About the Marching Band
Known for its stellar stereophonic sound, kaleidoscopic precision drills, star-quality vocalist and dazzling dynamic dance routines, The Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band is the mainstay of a diverse and ever expanding population at Howard. One hundred and fifty members strong, “Showtime” is the largest student organization and holds the distinction of being the "spirit of the University." The Band has performed at several NFL games, the New York Macys Thanksgiving Parade, and the 1990 Shrewsbury Music Festival in London.
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