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SFASU Lumberjack Marching Band performed in London New Year's Parade

Thursday, January 10, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Judith Barroeta
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SFA Lumberjack Marching Band performed in London New Year's Parade 

The Stephen F. Austin State University's Lumberjack Marching Band took "Boldest Sound from the Oldest Town" to the 2013 London New Year's Day Parade & Festival on January 1, 2013. 

Members of the Lumberjack Marching Band led the 27th annual New Year's Day Parade down the streets from Piccadilly Circle to Trafalgar Square in London. The band was directed by drum major Dwight Watson of Wiley. In addition to marching in the parade, the band performed in a concert in Cadogan Hall, toured the Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory, and visited the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Roger Bramble, representing Queen Elizabeth II, traveled to SFA in 2011 from London to present the official invitation to the band in person. Each fall, the Lieutenancy decides upon a select number of groups that it wishes to visit in the United States in connection with London's New Year's Day Parade. Bramble was accompanied to SFA by Robert Bone, executive director of the parade. "You came to our attention because everybody has told us that you are one of the finest marching bands in the country," Bramble said during his visit, which was punctuated with lively musical performances and enthusiastic applause from band members. 

Accepting the invitation on behalf of the Lumberjack Marching Band was Dr. David W. Campo, director. "I am so thrilled we'll be able to offer this opportunity for our students to travel abroad and see London," he said. "It is also very exciting to bring some international recognition to the university, which has been so supportive of the band program for so many years."

Campo took about 300 members of the marching band to participate in the 27th annual parade, which is watched by more than 600,000 spectators and televised to 280 million people around the world. More than 20 different countries will be represented in the parade and associated concert performances.

See a their New Year's Parade performance here

Also, check out the Wind Ensemble performance at Cadogan Hall. 

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