The N.C. Central University Marching Sound Machine’s debut at the Rose Parade on Saturday was a complete success. The tricky 110-degree turn onto Colorado Boulevard? Flawless. The moon-walking dance moves? Smooth as silk. The response of the crowd? Almost louder than the band’s drum line.
“It went very, very well,” said Brian Henry, tuba player and senior in mass communication at NCCU. “The turn was very easy. Everybody did an excellent job. It was awesome!”
Turquoise Thompson, December graduate in public administration and captain of the auxiliary dance team, said, “It felt like we were doing it for a lot of other people, people who came before us and those who’ll come after. My favorite part was when we finished, we cheered and hugged each other and began rejoicing.”
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Check out video footage from the January 1, 2011 performance!