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USD Marching Band Invited to London's NY's Day Parade

Image Sound of USD The Sound of USD will play in London's New Year's Day parade on Jan. 1, 2017.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The former Lord Mayor of Westminster, Duncan Sandys, also great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, plans to visit the University of South Dakota campus Tuesday to formally invite The Sound of USD marching band to London for its New Year’s Day parade and festival.

Lord Sandys, who holds citizenship in the U.S. and United Kingdom, plans to present a formal letter of invitation to USD at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 in the main hallway of the College of Fine Arts.


In March each year the Lord Mayoralty decides upon a select number of groups that it wishes to visit in the U.S. in connection with London’s New Year’s Day Parade -- one of the most important events in Westminster's annual calendar.


Members of the USD marching band will play Jan. 1, 2017, on the historic parade route that includes Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, with a finale arena adjacent to the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. More than 500,000 people will view it from the streets and over 280 million people around the world will be able to watch it on TV. More than 100 USD students will be in London for a week and see many of the sites.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News