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Marching Hundred bound for Super Bowl

The Marching Hundred will be part of the Super Bowl XLVI pregame and halftime performances in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012.

The announcement came Monday night at the end of the band’s annual banquet from director “Colonel” David Woodley.

“How many of you would be interested in going to the Super Bowl?” he asked the band.

Drum major Tiffany Galus said the band “erupted.”

“I’m speechless,” she said. “It’s really going to be a great moment in Marching Hundred history.”

The band will perform a five-minute pregame show that Galus said would probably include Marching Hundred standards such as “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

The IU Drumline will be performing alongside Madonna in the Bridgestone Super Bowl Halftime Show in what bass drummer Kevin Hood said will be a “mass drumline” performance with other drummers.

Hood said although the official announcement came Monday night, there were hints of a big show at the end of their season. The drumline was cleaning out their storage trailer when they got a call from Woodley.

“In the middle of cleanup, we heard a call from the Colonel about some kind of big surprise,” Hood said after the banquet. “We had our suspicions, and tonight, we found out.”

The Super Bowl news comes alongside news of a $1 million donation for the building of a new Marching Hundred Hall practice facility for the band.

Alumnus Col. Jack Hamlin and Dora Hamlin made the donation. An estimated $4.5 million is needed to complete the hall.

“The Big Ten is known for outstanding marching bands, and we are proud that the Marching Hundred has long led the field in terms of spirit, innovation and musical quality,” IU Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards said in a press release. “Now, we are brought closer to our goal of providing a facility that can truly support and match their excellence.”

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