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Boston College marching band to perform in inaugural parade

Posted by Your Town  January 18, 2013 10:41 AM

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BOSTON (AP) — Boston College’s marching band will be heading to Washington to join in the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

The parade will follow President Barack Obama’s swearing-in and inaugural address on Monday.

College officials say the 155-member band will perform the University’s fight song, ‘‘For Boston,’’ along the parade route.

Band director David Healey says the performance will be a ‘‘once in a lifetime opportunity’’ for band members.

The ‘‘Screaming Eagles’’ marching band also performed when Obama, then a U.S. senator, gave a speech at Boston College in 2005.

The tradition of an inaugural parade dates back to the first inauguration, when George Washington took his oath of office in New York City.

“This will be the most prestigious performance in the band’s history, given what this day means to our country,” said Healey said in a release distributed by BC.

Healey has been affiliated with the band for 24 years, dating back to his days as a student musician. The band was founded in 1919.

According to BC, the marching band has performed in such high-profile venues as The Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin, Ireland, in 1988, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 1995.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Healey said in the statement. “We’re thrilled to be able to go to Washington in order to support the country and the Office of the President on this historic day.”

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