USD Marching Band to perform in Europe Jan. 1 is 'University of South Dakota Band Day' The University of South Dakota Marching Band will entertain audiences in star-studded Cannes and perform for the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Rainier III, at his palace in Monte Carlo this December and January.
The Marching Coyotes will lead a parade on New Year's Eve during a celebration at the Palais des Festivals, and later perform a concert. The performances are part of a nine-day tour that will include stops in Italy, Switzerland, the French Riviera, and Paris.
The Marching Coyotes will present a South Dakota flag to Prince Rainier of Monaco during the trip. The flag was flown over the State Capitol in Pierre on Nov. 1, 2001 and given to the Coyotes to use in a flag exchange ceremony in Monaco. The Marching Coyotes have also received a proclamation from Gov. William Janklow declaring Jan. 1, 2002 as "University of South Dakota Band Day."
The group is under the direction of Dr. Rolf Olson, associate professor of music at USD.
"The Coyote Marching Band is honored to represent the United States of America, the state of South Dakota and USD in an exchange of music, flags and goodwill with the Prince and people of Monaco," said Olson. "It will be a wonderful life experience for the students."
Trudy Jelsma, a junior music education student from Tyndall, is excited about the opportunity.
"This trip means a lot to me both personally and academically," said Jelsma. "I don't think that I would ever have the means to take a trip like this on my own. Going with the band is great because not only do I get to spend nine days in Europe, I get to spend nine days with some of my best friends. The trip means so much to the band members because it proves that even though we may be a small group, we still have what it takes to get things done."
The group will also be accompanied by drum-line instructor, Dr. Sarah Waters, and professors C.J. and Stephanie Kocher. The Marching Coyotes have selected several patriotic tunes for their performances including National Emblem March, God Bless America and Veteran's Salute.
They will also perform the National Anthem, the USD fight songs and selections from their fall 2001 show "Highlights from Jesus Christ Superstar."