I've always been a fan of the McNeese Band. For as long as I've lived in this area, they've always just seemed to be a cut above many marching bands especially for a school the size of McNeese, Well, apparently, I'm not the only person who thinks like that because the band has been invited to play in London's 2018 New Years Day Parade!

The band will depart from Houston on December 28th bound for London to share their talents in London's by invitation only parade. Obviously, someone was impressed with our Cowboy band because only 16 bands from America were invited to play and McNeese is one of only two university bands included in the invitations!

Dr. jay Jacobs, Director of Bands at McNeese says

“This is a tremendous educational opportunity for our students to travel abroad and see London. This is a great honor to represent McNeese State University, the city of Lake Charles, the state of Louisiana and the United States on an international level.”

Not only will the band play for the Christmas parade, while in London, the Pride of McNeese Band will also perform a new piece for the audience in the grandstands. The band will also perform in an outdoor concert that will include various pieces from this season’s halftime shows at Trafalgar Square on Dec. 30.

You can watch the parade live HERE from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on New Year's Day.