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ADRIAN, MI—As a member of the Adrian College Marching Band, 21- year-old Mike Truesdale was given the honor of celebrating the new year in London, England. Around 60 people from Adrian, the majority of which were students, left on Dec. 28 to participate in the London New Year’s Parade, England’s equivalent of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


“It was televised so it was played across BBC, which is their big network,” Truesdale said. “There were I think 7 or 8 bands from the United States, like Olentangy High School from down near Columbus and the band from the University of Southern Florida. To get involved, the bands have to apply and then they go through a selection process.” Truesdale, who is a junior at Adrian, plays the alto saxaphone.


“For the parade we played songs from one of our marching shows, which included part of the ‘Washington Post March’ and ‘Bring Me a Higher Love,’” he said. “They also had a finale planned, where they brought five or six of the bands together and had us play a selection of music.”

The trip was doubly exciting for Truesdale, as it was his first time being out of the country, let alone on a different continent.

“The entire experience was really interesting. There were so many tourists because it’s one of the most popular destinations in the world,” he said. “It seemed like everywhere we went we were fighting through crowds. The people there seemed really friendly, for the most part anyway. It was weird because they do drive on the opposite side of the road. Doing the parade was very unique, certainly different from here because the road wasn’t straight; there were all these twists and turns.”

When visiting a country with such a distinctive culture and long history, it would be a waste not to take time to see the sites. Truesdale and the rest of the band stayed at Cumberland Hotel which placed them relatively close to downtown London and popular tourist targets. “We toured Windsor Castle and we also got to see Buckingham Palace, where we watched the changing of the guard,” he said. “They were in their winter uniforms, so unfortunately they weren’t as bright and flashy as we expected them to be. We also got to walk around Oxford University.” “My favorite part was probably getting to see the Tower of London,” Truesdale continued. “I also really enjoyed the fireworks show they did to ring in the new year. We were allowed to watch them from wherever we wanted, so we found a spot underneath Big Ben and got to watch it change at midnight before the fireworks started.”

Truesdale, who is a Delphos Jefferson graduate, got the idea to attend Adrian after spending a week there every summer while in high school.

“The Jefferson Marching Band holds band camp there every year and I grew to really like the campus,” Truesdale said. “They have small class sizes so it’s pretty similar to high school. The campus is small too and everyone is really friendly. It’s just a great community.”


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