This holiday break, the Olivet College Marching Comets were invited to perform in the Rome New Year parade. Marching through the Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square), the Marching Comets performed for over half a million people celebrating the new year and were featured on the TGR Lazio news channel.
“The trip to Rome was incredible for our musicians on so many levels! As musicians, we provide service to our audiences, even the ones we may not be aware are listening. The only tangible evidence of our service work is through applause and audience interaction, which at times may be small. Performing for 540,000 people, who are all engaged, clapping, singing and dancing, is not only tangible but inspiring and rewarding,” Director of Bands, Jeremy Duby said in an email.