College of Delaware’s drumline to escort Biden to White Home on Inauguration Day | The Newest from WDEL Information
President-elect Joe Biden’s alma mater will be represented at the Inauguration Day celebrations.
The University of Delaware Marching Band’s drumline, consisting of more than three dozen current and former students, will officially accompany Biden to the White House after his swearing-in ceremony.
“We’re actually marching as part of the President’s escort, so are we with the Howard University Drumline, and we’re going to be moving around this area of DC in the Escalade and limos,” said Keith Blake, of Long Island, New York , Senior at UD.
Heidi Sarver, director of sports bands and music professor, said she was first emailed by the presidential committee before Christmas to put together a plan.
“After that we didn’t hear anything until January 3rd, to be completely honest. It was like ‘OK, we want the drumline’. It’s okay, we’ll do that, come back to campus. So it went very well, very quickly, “she said.
University of Delaware interim music director Mark Clodfelter said the journey for him started with simple feasibility discussions prior to the election. He said the members of the drumline are a symbol of unity in dark times.
“They have mass appeal; they represent a group of students from a diverse population who come together to work together in a unified effort. To be honest, I think that in doing this they are a perfect example for all of us in a nation needs unity, and music connects us. ”
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While members of the Chinese American Community Center in Hockessin will take part virtually, members of the UD drumline will actually be in the country’s capital. You’re leaving for Washington DC early January 20, 2021.
“During a pandemic, they can put things on the table that they can do in a mask. That way, we’ll be masked, but not silenced. That makes them the perfect ensemble for the situation.”
Maysi Salt, of Toms River, New Jersey, said she was working when she received the email. She’s a junior at UD, but a freshman drumming major who didn’t really get a chance to perform due to the pandemic.
“It was really cool to be able to put on the uniform … for the first time,” she said.
The Delaware marching band drum major Eric Abner is thrilled.
“We should all be very proud of this moment and just see the depth. This is big; this is very big; this is what we’re doing worldwide and I’m just incredibly excited to be a part of it,” Abner said.
Band director and music professor of athletics, Heidi Sarver, called it a thrill you don’t want to miss.
“Our exit is at 3:20 pm. If we come by in front of TV cameras, it may be a little later,” she said.