Hampton University
HU Marching Band to Perform in the Inaugural Parade
12/09/2008 - #33

Hampton, VA - President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee officially extended an offer to Hampton University Marching Force to participate in the 56th Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20. The Force is one of three Virginia groups to participate in the parade. The other groups are T.C. Williams High School Army JROTC in Alexandria and the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets in Lexington.

"I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to participate in the Inaugural Parade," said President-elect Obama. "These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade."

The Force is made up 225 members. There are 10 instrumental sections and a dance group, Ebony Fire. They will perform four songs in the parade: "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March" by Karl King; "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead; "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang; and Obama's campaign song, "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" by Stevie Wonder.

HU Band Director Alfred Davis said this a wonderful opportunity and the students are extremely excited. “It is a great honor to be picked as the only band from Virginia to perform in the Inaugural Parade,” he said.

“It made us feel good about who we are and what we do, for us to be selected [for the Inaugural Parade],” said HU Assistant Drum Major Curtis Mason, a junior music education major. “Everybody was yelling Obama, Obama ... getting hyped and enthused.”

All participants in the Inaugural Parade are responsible for paying for their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C. The Inaugural Committee has been working closely with area governments and civic organizations to facilitate access to affordable accommodations and would like to encourage citizens from across the country to reach out and help the Hampton University Marching Force raise the necessary resources to participate in this historic event. To make a contribution in support of Hampton University¹s Band, please make your check payable to Hampton University and write University Band in memo line and mail to Hampton University, Office of Development, Hampton, VA 23668 by Jan. 9, 2009 or visit https://secure.hamptonu.edu/development.

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