Howard University Marching Band Escorts VP- Elect Kamala Harris
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ escort will be Howard University’s marching band, at the 59th presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.
Howard University announced in a statement that the Showtime Marching Band will accompany Harris. Moreover, the band will perform a special drum cadence for the parade.
Howard University’s President eloquently stated:
“It is our esteemed honor to be involved in the historic inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” said Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “Throughout her career, the vice president-elect has carried her Howard education with her, ensuring that she adhere to truth and service and inspiring her to achieve unprecedented levels of excellence. It is perfectly fitting that the Showtime Marching Band, the ensemble that captures and reverberates the heartbeat of our institution, should accompany her on this last leg of her journey to the White House.”
Furthermore, Howard’s band director, Kelvin Washington chimed in:
“We are proud to unite safely as a band to represent Howard University, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and all HBCUs across the country,” said Kelvin Washington, band director for Howard University. “It’s a very gracious opportunity for us, and we’re very thankful for it.”
President-elect Joe Biden’s Escort Announced Too
As a matter of fact, it appears that both alma mater’s marching bands will be present on Inauguration Day. For President-elect Biden, that’ll be The University of Delaware.
“It’s not just an honor. It’s also quite humbling,” said Heidi I. Sarver, marching band director for the University of Delaware. “Being able to participate in this American tradition firsthand is incredibly meaningful for our students. This particular inauguration is very personal to our Blue Hens as we celebrate our alum, President-elect Joe Biden, as the new leader of the free world.
Nonetheless, Inauguration Day is shaping up to be an eventful day. Hopefully, people stay safe as they enjoy the day’s events. No more Donald J. Trump in the White House though.