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Band members excited to march in Inaugural Parade

Posted: Jan 11, 2017

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Olivet Nazarene University's Tiger Marching Band is preparing to march in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2017.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event!” says Olivet senior Jacob Rechsteiner as Olivet’s Tiger Marching Band prepares to march in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on January 20.

Rechsteiner is the band’s drumline section leader. His bandmate and Band Council president, junior Tori Kober, is equally excited about the opportunity. She says: “People who have never heard of Olivet will see our band marching on a massive stage. Everything our band does is #fortheLord, and this is an amazing opportunity for us to bring the love of God to our nation’s capital.”

This will be the first Inaugural Parade appearance for any Olivet band. The Tiger band is among only 40 bands and marching groups chosen to participate and the only Illinois group invited to perform.

“The response from our band members has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Dr. Matthew Stratton, band director. “We are honored to be marching in this parade, and in the company of several award-winning bands. The support of the Olivet community is helping make this possible.”

Private donations are covering costs associated with the trip, including transportation and lodging. While in Washington, D.C., band members will deliver to local homeless shelters donations of hats, gloves, scarves and socks that they are collecting now. To contribute these items on campus before January 19, please use the drop-off bin in Larsen Fine Arts Center. Items should be new or in like-new condition.

By the time they depart on January 19, band members will have rehearsed six times to polish two songs and perfect their marching technique. The Inaugural Parade requires the drum and fife military tradition, so the band is learning that structure plus a few new formations.