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Miami to represent Ohio in Presidential Inaugural Parade

12/18/2012

Miami University's marching band to march in Inaugural Parade.
Miami University's marching band to march in Inaugural Parade.
Miami University's marching band will represent Ohio in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The Presidential Inaugural Committee selected Miami among the first wave of participants. More than 2,800 organizations applied.

"We are honored and most proud of our marching band for receiving an invitation, and we gladly accept," said James Lentini, dean of Miami's School of Creative Arts. "It continues our amazing momentum from the Year of the Arts celebration that brought so many high-profile arts presentations to and from our Miami groups, including the marching band performance in the Macy's Parade, our recent Carnegie Hall performance, and now the Presidential Inauguration. It says a lot about the quality of our students and programs in music and the arts here at Miami, and grows our reputation as a top destination for studying the arts."

In the official release from the committee, President Barack Obama said, “The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values, and diversity of our great nation. Vice President Biden and I are honored to have them join us in the parade.”

Organizations wishing to participate in the parade submitted online applications to the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (JTF-NCR). The deadline for submissions was Nov. 30, 2012. Miami athletic band director Stephen Lytle and band members submitted the entry.

"I am extremely proud of our students as well as humbled by the opportunity," Lytle said. "I am very proud of the opportunities Miami is able to provide our students."

Miami will report more details when they are available. The official release from the Presidential Inaugural Committee is online.

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