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Georgia State Band To March Jan. 21 in Presidential Parade

Dec 20, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

Georgia State’s Marching Band was selected to represent Georgia in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. The parade is televised around the world.

Each of the 50 states has one entry in the historic parade, whether it is an organization, a group, a person or a band.

It appears Georgia State will be one of five college bands, with nine high school bands or units selected. The other college bands are from the states of Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia and Maryland.

GSU’s 200-member unit will board buses to leave the campus on Friday, Jan. 18 to make the trip north to the Nation’s Capital. A dress rehearsal is held Sunday, Jan. 20, and the parade steps off on Monday at 2:30 following the official Inuguration Ceremony at the Capitol.

The parade route starts between the Library of Congress and the Capitol. It proceeds down the hill on renowned Constitution Avenue. Then, it makes the fork onto historic Pennsylvania Avenue. The route turns up 15th street and then goes in front of the White House reviewing stand.

“It’s extraordinary,” said Chester Phillips, assistant professor of music and director of athletic bands at the university. “We just are so excited that three years of hard work has paid off with such a high honor. Our selection is due to the students’ outstanding work and the collaborative efforts of everyone involved.”

For more on the Georgia State Band’s trip to Washington, D.C., checkout georgiastatesports.com or gsu.edu. For information on the Presidential Inauguration Parade visit 2013pic.org.