The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Summerall Guards and Regimental Band and Pipes to participate in 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade

The Citadel’s prestigious Summerall Guards and Regimental Band and Pipes will participate in the parade directly following the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. Approximately 150 cadets will travel to Washington, D.C. on January 18 in order to participate in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade.

The Summerall Guard is a silent precision drill platoon that was formed at The Citadel 85 years ago. The platoon's purpose is to exemplify, through a unique series of movements based on the old close order drill, the exactness and thoroughness with which a cadet at The Citadel is trained. The Summerall Guard participated in President George H. W. Bush’s 1989 inaugural parade and President George W. Bush’s 2005 inaugural parade.

“To earn a place on the Sumerall Guards we work for three years to reach peak physical fitness and to perfect our drilling capabilities. Then we undergo a rigorous competition,” said Cadet Devin Oliver, Summerall Guard and member of The Citadel Class of 2017.

The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes is the only U.S. military college band to ever be invited to the exclusive Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and has been selected to participate as the one American military band in the globally known event three times: 2015, 2010, and 1991. The regimental band was also a participant in President Kennedy’s 1961 parade.

About 100 cadets make up The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, which is of two entities. The first entity, The Regimental Band, was formed in 1907 and is comprised of about 70 cadet musicians recruited from around the nation and the world. The second entity, The Pipe Band, which started in 1955, is composed of a drum major and about 30 pipers and drummers and is highly competitive at Grades IV and V at Highland Games across the United States.

The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade represents the 7th inaugural parade in which The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes and/or Summerall Guard have been selected to participate. They jointly represented The Citadel together in the 1953 and 1985 inaugural parades.

“We are privileged to be representing The Citadel before the nation, and the world, as one of the many distinguished groups participating in the presidential inaugural parade,” said Cadet Devin Oliver. “We know we must represent the 85-year-old tradition of the troupe with excellence. It is humbling to think that the many guards and band members before us were also invited to perform in inaugural parades including Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and others. To us, it represents another way to serve our nation.”

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