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2004.12.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Marching Mavericks Chosen to Participate in Presidential Inaugural Parade

Omaha - Football season may be over for the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Mavericks, but the band plays on.

The UNO Marching Mavericks, under the direction of Erica Neidlinger, have been selected to perform in the 2005 inaugural parade for President George W. Bush. The event is set for Thursday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

"It takes a lot of work to be in a marching band, and the trip is a great reward for the students who invest their time and energy in the ensemble," said Neidlinger, who also serves as assistant director of University Bands and assistant professor of music at UNO. "It's also an opportunity to showcase UNO in the national spotlight."

Approximately 500,000 viewers 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.

The band applied to participate in November after James Saker, director of University Bands at UNO, received information encouraging them to apply to the selection committee responsible for the inaugural celebration. "The letter indicated decisions regarding the inaugural parade were being made on a short timeline and gave contact information for those who wanted to follow up," Neidlinger said.

The application process involved submitting a video recording of the band performing, along with an audio recording and a group photo. The UNO Department of Music received the confirming phone call Dec. 10.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the band and a proud moment for the entire university community," Saker said. "I know the student musicians in the Maverick Marching Band will represent our state well in this special event."

The band's parade performance will feature the UNO Fight Song and "Freedom," a patriotic medley that was part of the pre-game show this fall. Neidlinger said the band, some 100 strong, will put in some early morning practice sessions before their departure. Travel arrangements are pending.

The Marching Mavs, 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.

No audition is required for membership, and scholarships are available for all participants, regardless of academic major. Approximately 40 percent of the band's current roster are music majors.

For more information about the inaugural parade, contact Neidlinger at (402) 554-3602 or eneidlinger@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information about the UNO Marching Mavericks, visit the Web at http://music.unomaha.edu/marchingmavs.html.

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