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Miami's marching band prepares for Presidential Inaugural Parade

01/17/2013

Miami's marching band to represent Ohio in 57th Presidential  Inaugural Parade.
Miami's marching band to represent Ohio in 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade.
Miami University's marching band prepares to represent Ohio as it performs in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee selected Miami in December among the first wave of participants (see related story online). More than 2,800 organizations applied. Stephen Lytle, Miami athletic band director, and band members submitted the entry in November and were thrilled to learn they were selected.

“I’m extremely proud of our students as well as humbled by the opportunity,” Lytle said. “The parade is divided into five divisions according to the different branches of the military. We are in the first division, the Army’s, and as such, we’ll be one of the first groups in the parade. This is the most desirable placement. Our assembly area is the Mall so we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to witness the swearing-in ceremony.”

Miami’s marching band also will perform at the Ohio gala event Saturday night at the Mayflower Hotel.

“I want to thank Howell Cleaners in Hamilton for doing a rush job on getting the uniforms cleaned in time for the parade,” Lytle said. “I personally bought out Westside Hamilton’s entire stock of white shoe polish.”

In addition to the marching band, 10 Miami University undergraduates were selected by the office of diversity affairs to travel to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. Students wrote essays as part of their application process. A committee then selected the following students who will not only attend the Inaugural ceremony Monday, Jan. 21, but also visit legislators on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The students are: Samantha Callender, junior communication major; Alyssa Di'Cara, senior international studies major; Ciera Pope, senior social justice studies major; Namratha Sandella, senior zoology major; Bryan Stewart, senior diplomacy and global politics major; Chunyue Tu, first-year marketing major; Jennifer Veng, senior international studies major; Zhang Wentianfu, first year business major; Kiaya White, junior mass communication major; and Yoqiao Zhang, sophomore psychology major. Sponsors include Parents Council, diversity affairs, institutional diversity, university libraries and institutional relations.

The origin of the Inauguration Day parade dates back to George Washington’s inauguration in 1789. On his way from Mount Vernon to the inaugural event in New York City, Washington was accompanied by local militias on the way to Federal Hall where the first inauguration was held.

James Madison’s inauguration in 1809 was the first year the parade was formally part of the inaugural occasion. The earliest inaugural parades served as military escorts for incoming presidents to the swearing-in ceremony and soon expanded to include floats by Martin Van Buren’s inauguration in 1837, and grew to include thousands of participants.

Information will be available prior to and during Inauguration Day on social media sites such as Twitter. To see inauguration-related material, please use #inaug2013. Visit the Inaugural Committee’s website at www.2013pic.org.

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