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Panther Marching Band to perform in London New Year’s Day Parade

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The UNI Panther Marching Band will spend fall 2014 preparing for a tour to London, England. On March 26, conductor and band director Danny Galyen formally accepted the invitation to perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade. Galyen appeared onstage in the Great Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center along with the Lord Mayor of the City of Wesminster Councillor Duncan Sandys and Robert C. Bone, Executive Director of the London Parade Festival.

The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus, and is currently the largest band in university history with 280 members, after experiencing 6 straight years of growth in enrollment. The students of the Panther Marching Band come from 79 different majors on campus and perform five energetic field shows each season for audiences in the UNI Dome and across the region. With a history beginning in 1892, the band's tradition of excellence has spanned 122 years and generations of dedicated band members to make the UNI Band one of the most exciting bands in the Midwestern United States.

London’s New Year’s Day Parade is supported by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and boasts a list of active patrons and supporters including the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, The Prime Minister of Great Britain and the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster. The New Year’s Day Parade is the largest event of its kind on the world with over 8,000 participants performing for a street audience of well over half a million people and a worldwide television audience approaching three hundred million.

For more information on the Panther Marching Band, visit www.uni.edu/music/marchingband. For photos from the March 26 invitation ceremony, click here

Editor’s note: photos courtesy of Colby Campbell Photography.