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The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band received its 12th consecutive invitation to represent the State of Tennessee at the upcoming 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 20th in Washington, DC.

The band’s first appearance of twelve was in 1965 for Lyndon B. Johnson’s inauguration. Since that time, the Pride of the Southland Band has marched at every presidential inaugural parade for the last 44 years.

"We are absolutely thrilled with this invitation. It is a truly a great honor for us to represent the State of Tennessee at this international event. No other college band in the country has achieved this performance record, and we are thankful for all of the support we received from Congressman Duncan, and Senators Corker and Alexander in working with the Inaugural Committee in Washington to win this invitation," says Dr. Gary Sousa, Director of Bands.

According to Peter Gage, Director of the Inaugural Parade, an unprecedented number of applicants applied to perform in this year’s event. Each group
must submit an extensive application to the Presidential Inaugural Committee including letters of support from political leaders.

The Pride of the Southland Band will depart for Washington on Sunday, January 18th. They will spend time in Washington on Monday preparing for the parade, before marching in the Inaugural Parade, scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

For more info call 974-7520.