Posted by: Fredda Sacharow | April 28, 2012

Who Doesn’t Love a Parade and a Marching Band?

Members of the Rutgers Marching Band might not have performed together since their appearance at the post-season New Era Pinstripe Bowl in December, but you’d never know that from their lively and polished performance this morning.

Offering up such fan favorites as “The Bells Must Ring” and “Colonel Rutgers,” the 150 talented musicians took the parade route by storm as they made their way from Old Queens down College Avenue to Brower Commons, where an appreciative audience greeted them.

“We were very excited to be invited to participate,” says Timothy Smith, who’s been directing the band for 12 years.

Earlier, warming up with his baritone horn behind historic Old Queens, first-year engineering student Edward Wasekanes of Norwood, Pa., waxed enthusiastic about Rutgers Day and the band’s role in it.

Members of the Rutgers Marching Band add a lively and rousing note to Rutgers Day.

“It’s a lot of fun – I’m hoping a lot of people come down,” he said, as the sun glinted off his trombone and foot traffic began building up in anticipation for the coming parade.

For trombonist John Costello, a junior from Hillside, playing with the highly acclaimed band since his first semester at Rutgers has been a defining experience. “It even led to my pledging a music fraternity – Mu Beta Psi,” the engineering major says.

There’s still plenty of music to be heard, dances to be seen and performances to be savored at Rutgers Day.


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