Hampton University’s Marching Force Marching Band in Rome, Italy’s New Year’s Day Parade on Jan. 1, 2020. It will be the first appearance for a historically black marching band in the international celebration, which follows the Pope’s annual new year’s blessing in St. Peter’s Square.
“’The Marching Force’ is an elite group of talented, young musicians who are also academically accomplished. 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,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
University officials say the band will spend the next year raising money to finance travel, new instruments
“This wonderful opportunity will put Hampton University on an international spotlight and bring some attention to what we’re doing with the band at Hampton. Over the last year, we have been focusing on recruiting talented musicians, dancers, color guard
The invitation follows several high profile HBCU band appearances and invitations, including the Florida A&M University Marching 100’s appearance in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Los Angeles, and last fall’s invitation of the Morgan State University’s Magnificent Marching Machine to participate in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.