In May 2023, at the end of its inaugural year, in which it performed at more than 50 events, Shenandoah University’s Marching Band made its first-ever appearance in a Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival parade.
“Marching in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Grand Feature Parade was a wonderful experience,” said Director of Athletic Bands Shaun Evans, D.M.A. “The students and I were honored to represent the university and support our community by performing in this storied parade. It is amazing to see how many people line the parade route each year, and to be able to march along the route this year was a surreal feeling.”
The band, which preceded the university’s float in the parade, also offered a special performance – one in which the entire band turned toward the home of University President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., located along the parade route, and played Shenandoah’s fight song.
“I had a blast at the parade! It was nice to see a bunch of support from the entire community – not just Shenandoah but all of Winchester! I can’t wait for next year’s parade!” said inaugural member Cassie Wells ’25, (mellophone) who is a Bachelor of Arts in Biology student.
“My Apple Blossom parade experience was breathtaking,” added inaugural member Evelyn Tapia Urrutia ’24, (color guard) who is studying for a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree. “The energy the crowd had was amazing. It was definitely a parade to remember. I enjoyed experiencing this parade with my peers and the crowd.”
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our inaugural year and thank you to everyone who cheered for us along the parade route,” Dr. Evans said. “Your kindness and support are what make Winchester such a special place to live, learn, and grow.”