NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A group of about 150 members of the Stephen F. Austin State University Marching Band will be taking part in the 27th annual New Year's Day and Festival in London, UK. Each member of the group will fly out from his or her closest airport.
The initial announcement about the big news came more than a year ago. Since then, the SFA Marching Band has been conducting fundraisers to come up with the estimated cost of $2,970 per person. For instance, from Oct. 5-Nov. the SFA Marching Band raised money by selling to-go Cajun dinners as part of its "Band Aid" fundraiser.
"You came to our attention because everybody has told us that you are one of the finest marching bands in the country," Deputy Lord Lieutenant Roger Brambles, a representative of Queen Elizabeth II, said when the news was announced in September 2011.
The annual event is expected to draw approximately 600,000 spectators. Plus, it will be televised to an audience of about 280 million people. More than 20 different countries will be represented in the parade and associated concert performances.
"I am so thrilled we'll be able to offer this opportunity for our students to travel abroad and see London," Dr. David W. Campo, the SFA Marching Band Director, said in a press release.
The SFA Marching Band will be in London from Dec. 28-Jan. 4, 2013.