CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band has been invited to participate in the 29th New Year's Day Parade & Festival in London on Jan. 1, 2015. The former Lord Mayor of the City of Westminister, Councillor Duncan Sandys, who is also Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill's great grandson, will be on campus at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center to deliver the invitation to the marching band. A reception will be held immediately following the presentation.
This is the first international performance for the Panther Marching Band. More than 8,000 performers from all corners of the globe will entertain a street audience of around 500,000 during the New Year's Day Parade & Festival.
UNI's Panther Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus and is currently the largest band in university history with 280 members. Marching band students 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 Panther Marching Band one of the most exciting bands in the Midwestern United States.