GSU band to play for presidential inauguration

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Georgia State University's marching band is one of 55 chosen from 2,800 applicants to perform during the presidential inaugural parade Monday.

ATLANTA - Just three years since the program launched, Georgia State University’s marching band is headed to the Capitol to perform in front of President Barack Obama.

The band is one of 55 chosen from 2,800 applicants to perform during the presidential inaugural parade Monday. They’ll be playing “Living in America” by Georgia's James Brown. Students told Channel 2’s John Bachman it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"We're lucky to be selected, but also, it’s a show for the members that hard work paid off," senior and tuba player Eric Vogel said.

The band will arrive in Washington, DC on Friday night, and rehearse and sightsee. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Monday. It starts at the Capitol and goes 1.7 miles to the White House.

"It's going to be insane, but so exciting," drum major Kelsey Owen said.

The students plan to be back for class Tuesday.

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