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And the Beat Goes On…

It’s been four months since we said our goodbyes to London. Even as we cherish memories of that grand old town and the band experience of a lifetime, we receive reminders from time to time that perhaps London remembers us fondly, too.

JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan received this email last week and we are pleased to pass it along to all the Southerners, staff and fans. Thank you, Carolyn Minerich, for sharing it with us!

“Hello Bill,

We just returned from a week in London, England. I thought you’d like to know the Conceirge at the Hilton Park Lane noticed that we were from Jacksonville, Alabama. Immediately he remembered the band that led the London New Years Day Parade!

Also we hired a guide who was retired from the Army Band.  He did many, many Changing of the Guard Parades.  As soon as I said we were from Jacksonville, Alabama … he gave us the same response! “Your band was the first one in the New Year’s Parade”!

I thought you’d like to know JSU left a lasting impression in London.

Kindest regards,

Carolyn Minerich”

One More Chance to Watch the Parade

Hi, everyone!

Since returning from London, we’ve been really busy attending and teaching spring classes, planning spring concerts, recitals, and even looking ahead to next marching season’s show.  (Have you seen the promo to our 2012 show ‘I’ll Fly Away’? WOW! We can’t wait!)

In the midst of a very hectic spring semester, we still look back longingly to our time in London. We still have photos and stories to share here, so stay tuned for more great content.

In the meantime, we wanted to share with you that there is ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY to catch the webcast of the London New Year’s Day Parade on

The parade will air at 7 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 27. (Note that the schedule lists the date and time as 1 a.m. on February 28- This is local London time)

Watch the London New Year’s Day Parade

As always, we thank you for your amazing support of the Marching Southerners and Ballerinas!


More Opportunities to Watch Online

Londoners must really love their New Year’s Day Parade! The online streaming site has listed its schedule for the week and it looks like we’ll have 11 more opportunities to view the parade this week!

Here’s the schedule for the week. All times listed are adjusted to Central Standard Time.

Monday, January 9- 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 10- 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 11- 9 a.m., 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 12- 7 p.m.

Friday, January 13- 9 a.m., 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 14- 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 15- 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.

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The Lead-In Parade Performance

Below is YouTube video of the Southerners’ opening grandstand performance of the parade. We hope it will make you feel like you were there!

A Message for the Southerners

Good Morning Southerners!

I think that everyone has made it back home now safe and sound from our much anticipated trip.  I want to thank each of you for making this adventure such an amazing experience.  I cannot begin to tell you how many people came up to me throughout the week telling me over and over what a polite and well behaved group you were.  Our tour guides were absolutely blown away by your kind and respectful dispositions – – yesterday before I left the hotel, the manager of the Hilton Metropole found me and told me (in a heavy British accent):

“Your group has been the largest marching band that we have ever hosted.  I must tell you that we were a bit nervous upon your arrival because every college group that we have had in the past has been quite misbehaved and disorderly.  How do you get them to act so politely? They are welcome back anytime – – we will gladly be their host!”

Your performances were WONDERFUL, but the heartfelt statement from the guides and hotel manager means more to me than any performance that we could have given.  THANK YOU for making this monumental milestone such a successful and proud moment in the history books for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners!


Ken Bodiford, Director

Watch the Parade Online

Southerners fans, it looks like you’ll have additional opportunities to see the London New Year’s Day Parade on information tv’s website. Per their schedule, it will be on at 7 p.m. today (1 a.m. January 6, London time), as well as several times in the next week or so. Check the schedules on Showcase 2 on the information tv website for additional viewing opportunities.

The Parade

It’s hard to believe the London New Year’s Day Parade 2012 is now history!

We’ll have more to say tomorrow about our incredible parade experience but in the meantime we thought you’d enjoy some photos and a few links that we gathered from the web.

Don’t forget that you can watch the parade stream online at the following times in the U.S. on at 4 a.m. CST on January 2, at 4 a.m. and at 1 p.m. CST on January 3, and at 1:30 p.m. CST on Sunday, January 8 (Click on Showcase 2 for the final two transmissions)

As always, thank you for your support of the Marching Southerners!

The Warm-Up

And we’re off…

Our super talented and dedicated videographer, Logan Huggins

Parade Emcee Jonathan Whaley announces the Southerners.

Lined up and ready to go!

And we march off into London New Year’s Day Parade  history…

Because we were chosen to lead the parade, we received a lot of press attention. Here are some of the media outlets that gave us a mention (Hit the link for the related article):


The Daily Mail (You’ll need to scroll through this one)

Liverpool Daily Post (This article appeared in many newspapers)

Here are a few snippets that have been posted to YouTube. There’s more video to come, so stay tuned!

It wouldn’t be a Southerners performance without the crowd yelling “Blow, Southerners!”

We’re humbled by the comments on the following video. Wow!