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GSU marching band returns with presidential memories

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It was a long journey for members of Grambling State University's marching band. 

The musicians arrived back home Wednesday morning after spending four days in Washington, D.C. They were there to play a performance of a lifetime.

Intermingled amongst the pomp and circumstance of the President's inauguration, Grambling State's band played in front the leader of the free world. They were the only band representing the state of Louisiana and the only historically black college in the parade.

"We were just very blessed to be a part of that squad," said Veanda Allen, member of the band. "They said our name during the parade not once but twice."    

The University has been asked to perform in three presidential inaugurations, playing for George W. Bush in first inauguration and both of President Barack Obama's terms.

"It was a little pressure, honor and humility all wrapped up into one," said Dr. Larry J. Pannell, director of the Grambling State band. 

The return home was not the end of the journey. They will spend the next four years working to make it back to the White House and they will need every bit of that time to raise money. The cost of this trip was $125,000.

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