Hampton University’s Marching Band Will Be The First HBCU To Perform At Rome’s New Year’s Day Parade In 2020
Hampton University has just booked their first international gig. According to their website, their marching band, The Marching Force, will be heading over to Rome to perform in their New Year’s Day Parade in 2020. The band will be performing in front of thousands at St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Italy, becoming the first historically black college or university to participate in the parade.
“The Marching Force’ is an elite group of talented, young musicians who are also academically accomplished,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “This opportunity shows that our band is being recognized internationally. They continue to uphold the Standard of Excellence as being one of the best marching bands in the nation.”
Hampton’s band director Dr. Thomas Jones expressed his excitement about this “wonderful opportunity” saying it “will put Hampton University on an international spotlight.”
“Over the last year, we have been focusing on recruiting talented musicians, dancers, color guard and majorettes,” Jones said. “Our mission is not just to build better band students, but to shape and mold students so that they are academically proficient and have high moral character. This trip validates what we’re doing. The strength of the program is growing. Traveling is a great incentive for new and current students and we are really looking forward to this exciting journey.”
This trip overseas will be pretty costly, and the band will be fundraising for the next year to not only send the band members and chaperones but to also buy new uniforms and instruments. If you would like to donate to help send the Marching Force to Italy, donate at http://www.humarchingforce.com/.