The University of Nebraska at Omaha Marching Mavericks have been invited to a moment in history—the Presidentital Inaugual Parade. A unique event deserves a unique way of sharing the experience with others. Nick Sondag, a member of the band's trombone section, will be providing entries in this web log as he and his fellow musicians get ready and go on their big trip.
Approximately 500,000 viewers on Thursday, Jan. 20, are expected to line the 1.7-mile parade route, which will begin at the intersection of Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues and continue to the White House. Sondag will provide a running commentary on the band's experience as they prepare and practice in Omaha, tour the Washington D.C. area, and take part in the Inaugural Parade.
In addition to written commentary provided by Nick (and possibly other students and staff), this blog also will have digital photos.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the band that has everyone excited. We're glad to share this unique experience, thanks to Nick's work, on the Internet," said Erica Neidlinger, the director of the UNO Marching Mavericks. Neidlinger is also the assistant director of University Bands and an assistant professor of music.
The Marching Mavericks, one of several ensembles in the UNO Department of Music, perform at all UNO home football games, in addition to at least one away game each year. They also perform at regional marching band festivals, local university functions and Omaha's annual River City Roundup Parade.