McMurry University Band Completes Fundraising Effort for London New Year’s Day Parade Trop

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:32 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

The McMurry War Hawk Marching Band has raised the funds needed to participate in the 2016 London New Year’s Day Parade, McMurry Band Director David Robinson announced Tuesday.

“These donations came from a wide variety of places, including many gifts from McMurry alumni, others from some very generous McMurry faculty and staff, some from local businesses in town, and also a contribution from the Abilene Community Band from their concert at the Paramount on October 20,” said Robinson.

The McMurry band received the invitation to march in the Parade in February. 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.

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.

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