It’s been four months since we said our goodbyes to London. Even as we cherish memories of that grand old town and the band experience of a lifetime, we receive reminders from time to time that perhaps London remembers us fondly, too.
JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan received this email last week and we are pleased to pass it along to all the Southerners, staff and fans. Thank you, Carolyn Minerich, for sharing it with us!
We just returned from a week in London, England. I thought you’d like to know the Conceirge at the Hilton Park Lane noticed that we were from Jacksonville, Alabama. Immediately he remembered the band that led the London New Years Day Parade!
Also we hired a guide who was retired from the Army Band. He did many, many Changing of the Guard Parades. As soon as I said we were from Jacksonville, Alabama … he gave us the same response! “Your band was the first one in the New Year’s Parade”!
I thought you’d like to know JSU left a lasting impression in London.
Londoners must really love their New Year’s Day Parade! The online streaming site information.tv has listed its schedule for the week and it looks like we’ll have 11 more opportunities to view the parade this week!
Here’s the schedule for the week. All times listed are adjusted to Central Standard Time.
Monday, January 9- 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 10- 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11- 9 a.m., 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 12- 7 p.m.
Friday, January 13- 9 a.m., 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 14- 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 15- 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.
Visit Information.tv’s website
Below is YouTube video of the Southerners’ opening grandstand performance of the parade. We hope it will make you feel like you were there!
Good Morning Southerners!
I think that everyone has made it back home now safe and sound from our much anticipated trip. I want to thank each of you for making this adventure such an amazing experience. I cannot begin to tell you how many people came up to me throughout the week telling me over and over what a polite and well behaved group you were. Our tour guides were absolutely blown away by your kind and respectful dispositions – - yesterday before I left the hotel, the manager of the Hilton Metropole found me and told me (in a heavy British accent):
“Your group has been the largest marching band that we have ever hosted. I must tell you that we were a bit nervous upon your arrival because every college group that we have had in the past has been quite misbehaved and disorderly. How do you get them to act so politely? They are welcome back anytime – - we will gladly be their host!”
Your performances were WONDERFUL, but the heartfelt statement from the guides and hotel manager means more to me than any performance that we could have given. THANK YOU for making this monumental milestone such a successful and proud moment in the history books for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners!
Ken Bodiford, Director
The Southerners received a nice surprise in the December 31, 2011 issue of the Guardian newspaper. We made our grand debut in a major British newspaper!
Later today, the Southerners will finally board our planes for the trip of a lifetime. It’s hard to believe the day is finally here!
As we pack our bags and ready ourselves for our red eye flight to the UK, we’d like to leave you with video of the show that got the Southerners noticed by the London New Year’s Day Parade Selection Committee and began this amazing journey. The production was our 2009 show, Of Thee I Sing. The show is a celebration of the spirit of America: A country tried by the fires of war, tempered by the hardships of depression, yet fortified in the strength of honor, sacrifice, and pride. When the clouds of division and differences are broken by the dawn’s early light, there we stand as One. We are America…and we are proud.
We’ve never been more ready and excited to represent JSU, the State of Alabama, and the U.S.! We’ll check in when we arrive in London!
JSU Marching Southerners Of Thee I Sing, Part 1
JSU Marching Southerners Of Thee I Sing, Part 2
London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2012 will be featured on a delayed stream on a major broadcast channel.
So if you have loved ones in the event – and your local station won’t be broadcasting the historic happening help is at hand.
The parade will be streamed at www.information.tv at 05.00 EST on Jan 2 and 05.00 and 14.00 EST on Jan 3 and at 14.30 EST on Sunday Jan 8th (CLICK ON SHOWCASE 2 FOR THE FINAL TWO TRANSMISSIONS).
The Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners have worked tirelessly, preparing for the New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. The Southerners will lead the parade, showcasing their talent and class on a true world stage.
Video by Logan Huggins