McMurry University Band Invited to March in London New Year’s Day Parade

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:24 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Lord mayor SandysMcMurry University is pleased to announce that the McMurry War Hawk Marching Band has received an invitation to march in the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade. The London New Year’s Day Parade is the largest New Year’s Day parade in the world, annually drawing a street audience of more than a half million people and a worldwide television audience of nearly 300 million viewers.  Set in downtown London, the two-mile parade passes the city’s iconic landmarks, ending in the famed Parliament Square.

A special ceremony will be held at noon Monday, February 23, in the Garrison Campus Center Mabee Room as Lord Mayor of The City of Westminster Duncan Sandys and Executive Director of the Parade Robert C. Bone extend a formal invitation to the McMurry Band. The National Anthems from both countries will be played by the McMurry band as part of the ceremony.

Participation in the parade is only by invitation from the parade’s steering committee in the United Kingdom. The 2015 parade featured more than 8,500 performers from 20 countries around the world and included only two American university marching bands, the University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band and the Appalachian State University Marching Mountaineers.

Biography of Lord Mayor Sandys

Lord Mayor Duncan Sandys, great-grandson of United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill, was first elected to the City Council of Westminster in 1998 at the age of 24. In 2009, he was elected to a one-year term as Lord Mayor of Westminster, and has since retired from politics. In 2010, Lord Mayor Sandys was appointed Principal Patron of the London New Year’s Day Parade, and visits the United States frequently on behalf of the parade. The Lord Mayor is known to be particularly fond of The United States of America and indeed is married to an American.

Lord Mayoralty of The City of Westminster as a principal patron of London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival.

In the heart of London The City of Westminster is home to both the elected Government (The Houses of Parliament) and the head of State - Her Majesty the Queen (Buckingham Palace), of The United Kingdom. Westminster is thus the most important city in the country. The Lord Mayor of The City of Westminster is the first citizen of the city and as such is also host to the Parade and a principal patron of the event.

The Lord Mayor is appointed annually and serves for one year only. However rather like the President of the United States once you have served as Lord Mayor you are thereinafter referred to as Lord Mayor in perpetuity. Selected Lord Mayors continue to be Parade patrons and to fulfill Lord Mayoralty duties.

In February and March each year the Lord Mayoralty decides upon a select number of groups that it wishes to visit in the United States of America in connection with London’s New Year’s Day Parade - one of the most important events in Westminster's annual calendar. The visit from the Lord Mayoralty is designed either to inspire and reconfirm the importance of the invitation to groups already invited, or to render invitations to participate in future events. 

The 2015 visit is being conducted by former Lord Mayor, Duncan Sandys. The Former Lord Mayor and Parade patron will be accompanied on this year’s visits by London Parade and Festival Founder Robert Bone.

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