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Marching Royal Dukes Represent JMU in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 20, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Events, Lifestyle No Comments
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The 2013 Marching Royal Dukes of James Madison University will travel to New York City to perform in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ®. The band is slated to lead the parade when it kicks off at 9 a.m. The following students in your area will be performing with the Marching Royal Dukes in New York:

Justin Dennison of Middleburg, a sophomore majoring in music education plays in the band’s trumpet section. Dennison graduated from Loudoun Valley High School.

Cameron Helble of Round Hill, a majoring in plays in the band’s dukette section. Helble graduated from .

Abigail Moore of Purcelllville, a freshman majoring in accounting plays in the band’s guard section. Moore graduated from Loudoun valley high.

Thomas Nixon of Waterford, a junior majoring in english plays in the band’s sax – tenor section. Nixon graduated from Tuscarora High School.

Diane Shorter of Leesburg, a freshman majoring in computer science plays in the band’s flute/picc section. Shorter graduated from Loudoun Valley High School.

Clara Thiel of Bluemont, a junior majoring in biology plays in the band’s flute/picc section. Thiel graduated from Clarke County High School.

Elizabeth Van Tol of Leesburg, a sophomore majoring in marketing plays in the band’s guard section. Van Tol graduated from Loudoun County High School.

The Marching Royal Dukes date to 1972 when JMU established a football program. Membership in the band is open to all JMU students, regardless of their academic majors. The 2013 band’s members represent 47 academic majors, and more than 400 Marching Royal Dukes are non-music majors. The 485-member band is the largest in JMU’s history.

The band performs at all home football games, travels to select away games and represents JMU at local and regional high-school exhibitions and community events.

The JMU band is one of 11 marching bands performing in the parade, and one of only two college bands – the other is the University of Massachusetts Amherst – that were invited to perform. The Marching Royal Dukes were selected from more than 150 applications sent to Macy’s Parade’s Committee. This is the band’s third appearance in the parade. They previously performed in the 2001 and 2008 parades.

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