UF Marching Band turns heads in London

Published: July 27th, 2012

Category: Spotlights

UF Marching Band

The University of Florida Gator Marching Band made history in one of London’s most iconic locations on Wednesday. Rehearsing for their performance for the Women’s Cycling competition, the UF Gator Band was the first non-British marching band to perform on The Mall – just outside of Buckingham Palace.

“We are completely blown away by the magnitude of this performance stage,” said Associate Band Director Jay Watkins. “Not only is this a first for the Gator Band – it’s a first for The United States.” They played an assortment of Rolling Stones, Beatles and Queen arrangements to a crowd of a couple hundred that gathered to hear the rehearsal.

Shortly after their rehearsal, Prime Minister David Cameron stopped by to congratulate the band as he was walking from his residence to Buckingham Palace to meet with Her Majesty the Queen.

For information about Gator and former Gator athletes at the Olympics, go to http://www.gatorzone.com/olympics/2012/

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