Marching Band to Participate in New Year’s Day Parade in Rome

Band receives formal invite from Mr. Robert Bone, executive director for the Rome New Year’s Day parade.

ADRIAN, Mich. (October 27, 2015) – Seven extraordinary days, multiple concert performances, visits to the city of Pompeii, the Sistine Chapel and one three-mile march await more than 50 Adrian College marching band members, as the Bulldog Band received their formal invitation to participate in the annual New Year’s Day Parade in Rome.

On October 26, the Adrian College Marching Band accepted the opportunity to once again take part in a distinctive New Year’s Day event. Mr. Robert Bone, executive director for the Rome New Year’s Day parade, said the group was scouted and selected from an exclusive list as a result of their previous participation in the London parade in 2013. Mr. Bone presented a video full of famed sites and tastes of Italy and offered a glimpse of what the participants would see throughout their two and half hour march.


The Rome New Year’s Parade is a European-style parade that proceeds along the grand Via della Conciliazione and culminates in St. Peter’s Square. In keeping with the Italian tradition, enthusiastic spectators celebrate along the crowded corridors, in jubilant celebration. The parade begins in the late afternoon and runs into the night, allowing for some daylight, before the band marches under the Christmas lights. Other planned trips for the week include a daylong coach and walking tour of Rome and meals in some of the best restaurants in Rome, according to organizers.


The formal invitation was presented to President Jeffrey R. Docking, and Dr. Marty Marks, director of bands after which gifts were shared with formal attendees.


“This is a honor and a life-changing opportunity for our students,” Marks said of the occasion.

The cost of the trip is approximately $4,000 per student, much of which is being fund-raised to allow for greater student participation. To learn more about this extraordinary event, please contact Marty Marks at