LAWRENCE, KS — The KU Trumpet Ensemble will perform in the Presidential Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Jan. 21. The ensemble is the only group from Kansas invited to perform.
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A group of 16 trumpeters, including 10 "Herald Trumpets," proudly displaying Kansas banners, will march in the parade. Two graduate student percussionists will also join the Trumpet Ensemble. The ensemble will be directed by Steve Leisring, associate professor of trumpet and division director of brass and percussion in the School of Music at the University of Kansas.
The parade’s performing groups are organized into five divisions, each led by groups representing one of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The KU Trumpet Ensemble will be in the parade's first division, just in front of the U.S. Marine Band, and will represent the state of Kansas in the event. Traditionally, just one group is chosen from each state.
The Inaugural Parade will take place in the afternoon, after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been publicly sworn into office. The president and vice president will depart the U.S. Capitol and then travel down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, where they remain to view the parade as it passes by.
“The KU Trumpet Ensemble is very proud to have the opportunity to represent the state of Kansas, the university and the KU School of Music with this honor,” said Leisring.
Assisting Leisring, and also performing, will be Sharon Toulouse, assistant director of bands. Until her KU appointment this year, Toulouse was a captain with the U.S. Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. Toulouse was a member of the KU Trumpet Ensemble as an undergraduate and graduate.
The students and faculty members will leave Lawrence by bus on Friday, Jan. 18, and return to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Learn more about the KU Trumpet Ensemble here.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. music.ku.edu.