Monday, January 21, 2013, the Boston College “Screaming Eagles” Marching Band will perform for President Barack Obama in the 57th Inaugural Parade. The marching band is a 155-piece student group, the largest and most visible student group on campus (About the Band). The “Screaming Eagles” will perform BC’s fight song, “For Boston,” joining the ranks of other performance groups along the 15-block parade route in Washington, D.C.
Band Director David Healey said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We’re thrilled to be able to go to Washington in order to support the country and the Office of the President on this historic day.”
The band is honored to perform at President Obama’s second inauguration, but this isn’t the first time they have played for the President. The band performed for him in 2005, when he spoke at BC as Senator of Illinois; President Obama “was very complimentary of the band,” said Healey.
Founded in 1919, the “Screaming Eagles” have supported BC in many prestigious settings, from BC football games and domestic bowl games, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin, Ireland, and even with the local rock band, “The Dropkick Murphys.”
At the Arts Council, we are honored to have the band members representing Boston College in the nation’s capitol. “These are some of the brightest students in the country and they make a huge contribution to the University as members of the band, spending hundreds of hours in rehearsal and performances. They are a very talented and dedicated group of students. We’re all extremely proud of them,” said Healey.
See Announcement from the BC Office of News and Public Affairs for more information.