We couldn’t be prouder of our University of Florida Gator Marching Band. They are the first-ever, non-British marching band to perform at The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace and the only American band in attendance at the Olympic games.
Here’s a glimpse of their adventures from the 2012 London Olympics – INCLUDING welcoming First Lady Michelle Obama to the stage with the Gator Fight Song.
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The University of Florida Gator Marching Band already made history during their rehearsal in front of Buckingham Palace on The Mall before their big debut during the women’s cycling event last Sunday.
But the Pride of the Sunshine did much more than just perform. They joined two cultural aspects of two countries together. Bringing American-style marching bands to the world famous British rock band The Beatles on the biggest stage is exactly what the Gator Band accomplished.
As “Hey Jude” resonated throughout the hallowed parks in front of Her Majesty the Queen’s residence, the students in the Gator Band were cheered on by thousands of sporting fans – some of whom had no idea where the University of Florida was.
In addition to their performance at The Mall, the Gator Band performed for First Lady Michelle Obama during a “Let’s Move!” campaign at the U.S. Ambassadors residence in front of some of the most iconic Olympic Athletes.