Kamala Harris Gets Joyous White House Escort From Howard University Marching Band

Vice President Kamala Harris’ alma mater, Howard University, played an integral part in Inauguration Day on Wednesday.

The school’s Showtime Marching Band, which has participated in presidential inaugurations before, escorted their revered alumna to the White House during the inaugural parade Wednesday:

It was the highlight of the parade for many fans on social media:

“It is our esteemed honor to be involved in the historic inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement Monday on the university’s website.

“Throughout her career, the vice president-elect has carried her Howard education with her, ensuring that she adhere to truth and service and inspiring her to achieve unprecedented levels of excellence,” he continued.

“It is perfectly fitting that the Showtime Marching Band, the ensemble that captures and reverberates the heartbeat of our institution, should accompany her on this last leg of her journey to the White House,” Frederick said, adding that Harris “undoubtedly will become one of the most influential vice presidents in the history of our nation.”

The Howard University Showtime Marching Band participates in a rehearsal of the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington
The Howard University Showtime Marching Band participates in a rehearsal of the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18./DANIEL SLIM via Getty Images

Howard University band director Kelvin Washington said that the band, which also includes the drumline, Flashy Flag Squad and Ooh La La dancers, was “very thankful” for the “gracious opportunity.”

“We are proud to unite safely as a band to represent Howard University, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and all HBCUs across the country,” Washington added.

Harris graduated from Howard in 1986 with degrees in political science and economics.

She again made history on Wednesday, as she is the first woman, first Black person, first Asian American, first historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) graduate and the first member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to be sworn in as the vice president of the United States.

Biden’s own alma mater, the University of Delaware, also participated in the inaugural parade.

“It is a tremendous honor,” university president Dennis Assanis said in a statement earlier this week. “We are excited to share our UD pride with the world, and we will all be cheering on our students as they help celebrate this amazing milestone for a fellow Blue Hen.”


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