How much work goes into preparing for an Inaugural parade performance?

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BALTIMORE - The inaugural parade performances will only last a few minutes, but the work that goes into them takes months to accomplish.

It sounds stressful, but Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, director of the University of Maryland Marching Band, isn't worried about it.

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"I'm not nervous, I'm ecstatic," he said. "This is probably the best marching band I've stood in front of in 29 years…"They will be first rate."

That confidence comes from the quality of musicians, but also the time put into a performance.

The 225 member band rehearses 8 hours a day and has put in an extra 12 hours for this special event.

This is the 4 th Inaugural Parade that the band has performed in.  In their 104 year history, they also performed in the inaugurations of Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, John F. Kennedy in 1960, and Ronald Regan in 1985.

The band has also played for Queen Elizabeth II.

The band will also be unveiling a bit of their history on Monday, too by revealing their new uniforms! (Click through the photographs to get a preview!)


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