World Famed invited to play in Inauguration Parade

According to a release sent out by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the World Famed Tiger Marching Band has been invited in the 56th Inaugural Parade.The World Famed will join representatives from across the country and the Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.

“I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to participate in the Inaugural Parade,” Obama is quoted as saying in a news release.

“These organizations embody the best of our nation’s history, diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect (Joe) Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade.”

Organizations wishing to participate in the parade submitted an application to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC), which then assisted the Presidential Inaugural Committee in reviewing all of the groups’ applications.

All told, 1,382 organizations applied to participate, setting a new standard for interest in marching in the parade.

The World Famed sent in a sound clip, video, and photos as part of their Inauguration package. According to Steven Jackson of the World Famed, a lot of people played a part in the Inauguration package, including current GSU Media Relations Director Byron McCauley.

“They said we had one of the best Inauguration packages submitted,” said Steven Jackson, a World Famed member and current SGA Vice President.

Jackson also made sure to thank the Coordinator of Band Activities Janice Cowan.

“She is the heartbeat of getting everything in the band done,” he said.

The World Famed has been invited to an Inauguration before, marching in President George W. Bush’s first Inauguration and former President Bill Clinton’s 1999 Inauguration.

The World Famed also marched in the 1972 Inauguration of President William Tolbert of Monrovia, Liberia.