HAMPTON, Va. (January 9, 2019) –Hampton University’s ‘Marching Force’ drumline made history over the holiday break by participating in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena California. Eight members of the drumline were a part of the 60-piece Honda Anniversary Mass Drumline which led the storied parade in its 130th annual installment. The parade’s Grand Marshal was none other than R&B legend, Chaka Khan.
“The Hampton University family is extremely proud of ‘The Marching Force’ for reaching new heights at the start of this prosperous year. The parade provided great exposure for Hampton University as a whole and we continue to look forward to the success of our band under the leadership of Dr. Jones,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The Hampton University Marching Band, “The Marching Force,” is an example of the positive impact of music on student engagement and success. The Force provides experiences that assist students in their ability to establish a professional attitude, appreciate diverse cultures, and contribute positively to the world around them. The Force has performed with a wide-range of famous artists, and was featured in the 2009 Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama.
Last year, The Force performed at the 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands while over 62,000 fans filled the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s Rose Bowl Parade was viewed by 40 million people and broadcasted in over 200 countries.
“This was a great journey for the students. They loved the large crowd and overall had a great time engaging and playing along with other HBCU drumlines,” said Dr. Thomas L. Jones, Jr., Director of Hampton University Bands. “Dr. Harvey had a vision to get us out there and have more exposure for the band. We were able to market Hampton University and show case what we are all about. This was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that I, nor The Force, will soon forget.”
“The 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade was eye opening. I thought I’d seen the largest crowd ever during the Honda Battle of the Band’s last year, but this was so much more than that. Being alongside the most elite percussionists from other HBCU’s helped me build new relationships and connections I never thought I would get the chance to make,” said Reginald Baker, Senior, audio production major.
For more information about Hampton University’s “The Marching Force,” visit http://www.humarchingforce.com/