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January 9, 2001


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DALLAS (SMU) -- About 100 student members of the Southern Methodist University Mustang Band and spirit squad will march in the inaugural parade Saturday, Jan. 20, in Washington, D.C. following the swearing in of president-elect George W. Bush and vice-president-elect Dick Cheney. The band will be led by the SMU mascot, Peruna, a black, 4-year-old Shetland pony.

The SMU band, known as the "Best Dressed Band in the Land" for its more than 30 uniform combinations, will be under the direction of Dave Kehler. SMU is the alma mater of Laura Bush, wife of the president-elect, and Karen Hughes, recently appointed White House counselor. The parade up Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House will begin at 2:30 p.m. following the presidential inaugural address.

The SMU band was the first college marching band to perform jazz on a football field. It uses all silver instruments, including Dizzy Gillespie-style trumpets. The band will be wearing its new red coats with navy vests and slacks.

"While the band has performed for former presidents Nixon and Ford, this is the band's first presidential inauguration," said Tommy Tucker, assistant director for the SMU band. "We are very honored to be in the parade."

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Media note: The SMU band will be rehearsing for the inaugural parade from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 16 and 17, at the football practice field located at the intersection of Bishop Boulevard and Mockingbird Lane. They will not be rehearsing in their uniforms.