Virginia college marching band to perform in Rome parade

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EMORY, Va. (AP) — A college marching band from Virginia is one of two representing the U.S. in a parade that will end in St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the pope’s New Year’s blessing.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports the Emory & Henry College band will perform in the parade on Jan. 1.

A total of 67 students will make the seven-day trip.

The private liberal arts school in southwest Virginia restarted its marching band four years ago after a 50-year absence. The band has more than doubled its size and now has a total of 90 students.

The band regularly plays at footballs games and performs in exhibitions.

The trip will also include a service project focused on people experiencing hunger and homelessness