ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Marching Wolves travel to Minnesota this weekend to perform in two parades.
The Marching Wolves will appear as the featured band in the Grand King Turkey Day Parade in Worthington, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 15. The parade is part of Worthington’s 73rd annual King Turkey Day Festival and features bands from around the region. Following the parade, the band will also perform music from its 2012 halftime show in a standstill performance.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, the band will travel to Appleton, Minn., where it will appear as the featured band in the Applefest Parade.
“The band performs regularly in regional parades in front of thousands of spectators,” said Dr. Boyd Perkins, Marching Wolves director. “We’re excited by the opportunity to show off our energetic, entertaining performance.”
The NSU Marching Wolves have enjoyed a long and distinguished tradition of excellence at the regional and national level, performing at all home football games; the annual Gypsy Day Parade; regional marching band festivals; and professional football games including those of the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
In recent years, the Marching Wolves have been recognized at the national level. In November 2004, the band was selected as the lone representative from South Dakota and one of only eight collegiate marching bands in the nation to appear in the January 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. In 2006, the NSU Marching Wolves represented South Dakota in the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii.
With 120 members, the NSU Marching Wolves are currently under the direction of Perkins with assistants Dr. Terry Beckler, professor of percussion, and Jessica Perkins, instructor of low brass.