Ram Band leads New Year’s Day parade in London

ASU band chosen to take on England event

By Sophia Gravatt
On January 25, 2019

All photos contributed by London New Year’s Day Parade.


Members of the ASU Ram Band traveled to England from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. A total of 67 students paid their own way to attend.
 “The experience was wonderful,” Dr. Jonathan Alvis, director of bands, said. “Many firsts were had for many of the people who went. In addition to a good amount of free time, we toured the city, Tower of London, Greenwich and the Royal Observatory, took a river cruise on the Thames, Windsor Palace and Hampton Court Palace.” 
Alvis said all the bands that performed were invited based upon recommendations from other directors who had previously participated in the parade. The parade committee viewed videos and recordings of the nominees and made their decisions. Alvis said they were not notified as to who nominated them.
In addition to performing in the parade, the band also performed in Trafalgar Square, Alvis said. 
Sophomore Maggie Wallace said the parade was one of the most amazing experiences of her life. 
“Not only was it an honor to march in the parade, but we were the very first group that the world saw,” Wallace said. “It was so surreal. It didn’t seem real that we were a part of history in London, England.”
Wallace said the two miles of people along the parade route were very energetic.
“We were screaming ‘happy new year, y’all’ and high-fiving people in the crowd while they recorded us,” she said.
Aside from the parade, Wallace said her favorite part of the trip was going to St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as seeing the Crown Jewels. 
“We went during church service and the choir sounded like angels,” she said. “Seeing the Crown Jewels, they were so beautiful. It was definitely worth the hour-long wait.”
Wallace said the experience was something she will never forget. 
“It was very eye-opening to be around people that were from all ethnic groups and languages, most of which I had never seen before,” she said. “I loved it all and would go back in a heartbeat.” 


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