marches in 55th inaugural parade
The Auburn University Marching Band was selected to participate
in the 55th Presidential Inaugural Parade following the inauguration
ceremony of President George W. Bush on Jan. 20.
than 300 band members took part in the parade, which Marching Band
Director Rick Good described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
students reaction has been awesome, Good said. I
told them in 20 years they can look back and say they were part
was the third time the AU band has participated in a presidential
inaugural parade. The last time was in 1989. Coincidentally, Good
said that same year the AU football team won the Southeastern Conference
championship and played in the Sugar Bowl. It also happened to be
the inauguration of the senior George Bush.
AU band was the only one from Alabama invited to participate in
the parade. The only other group from Alabama invited to participate
was the Mobile Azalea Trail.
think winning the Sudler Trophy last year really helped because
we had to list all our awards and accomplishments on the application,
Good said referring to the national award that is considered the
Heisman trophy of marching bands.
addition to the application, Good said he had to ask legislators
from Alabama to write letters on the bands behalf.
from hundreds of applicants, the band had to submit a picture, a
two-minute video clip and a recording to the inaugural committee
as part of the application process. Three separate committees then
reviewed the materials before the inaugural committee extended the
invitation on Dec. 10.
To view photos from the parade, click here.