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HAMPTON, Va. — The Hampton University Marching Band, known as “The Marching Force,” will perform in the 2020 Rome New Year's Day Parade on January 1, 2020 in Rome, Italy!hampton marching force2rome

On the first day of the year, thousands gather in St. Peter’s Square in Rome to celebrate and receive the Pope’s New Year’s Day blessing. The parade celebrates life, cultural diversity and international goodwill.

The Marching Force will get the chance to perform in the parade and at St. Peter’s Square before and after the Pope’s blessing.

The band has begun fundraising for the trip because the cost to send all of the band members, plus chaperones is expensive. The Marching Force will also need to purchase new uniforms and instruments.

While in Italy, the band will also get the opportunity to visit and perform in other local communities where they will be welcomed by the local residents.

Hampton University will be the first HBCU band in history to participate in this parade.

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