Within days of returning from rousing the Ute crowd at the Sugar Bowl, the University of Utah Marching Utes have been invited to board another plane and march in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.
The 128-member band, including all of their uniforms, instruments and flags and other equipment, will need to find $150,000 in the next two weeks in order to represent the state on Jan. 20. It is depending on donations and other sources to foot the bill.
"In the financial year that we've had with budget cuts and money being tight everywhere, there's no university money available to support the band. We'll have to rely on external sources," said Robert Walzel, director of the U. School of Music.
"It would be a great opportunity for our students to be able to represent the state in what looks to be a landmark event," he said.
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And, assuming the money gets raised, I'm sure you can see them off at the parade for the football team on the 16th.