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Morgan State’s Marching Band Makes History as First HBCU to Perform at D-Day Memorial Parade in France

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June 10, 2024

The Magnificent Marching Machine from Morgan State University made history on Friday as they took center stage in Normandy, France, commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, the Invasion of Normandy during World War II which is considered the largest invasion by sea in history. This significant milestone marked the first time a Historically Black College or University participated in this globally recognized event.

“It is bigger than the band,” said Jorim E. Reid Sr. D.M.A, the director of Morgan State’s Magnificent Marching Machine. “Our students have been prepared and educated on what this means.”

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For Reid, it wasn’t just about showcasing Morgan State’s abilities; it was about honoring the sacrifices made during World War II and the transformative impact of D-Day on the world, he told CBS News in an interview before their performance. Through renditions of “Taps” and “America the Beautiful,” the band paid heartfelt homage to the heroes of “The Greatest Generation,” symbolizing their gratitude and respect for those who served.

Cover photo: Morgan State’s Marching Band Makes History as First HBCU to Perform at D-Day Memorial Parade in France Photo Credit: @Tomiisinajayi/@Ba1oo/@MorganStateBands/Instagram

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