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Band Performs in 9News Parade of Lights Dec. 3

November 30, 2010

The Colorado State University Marching Band will perform for the second year in a row in the 36th annual 9News Parade of Lights presented by American Furniture Warehouse and GO Automotive Group in Denver on Friday, Dec. 3. U.S. Bank is sponsoring the 260-member band's performance in the holiday parade.

The trombone suicide performance from the 2009 Parade of Lights. The Marching Band will hope to once again leave the crowd in awe with its signature performance.

Band helps kick off holiday season

At 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, the CSU Marching Band will feature its signature trombone suicide performance – a deft and crowd-pleasing spectacle – in front of the City and County Building grandstands to kick off the 2010 9News Parade of Lights.

"It's all about lighting effects. It's not your typical parade," said junior Todd Ellerbe.

From there, the entire band - along with CAM the Ram, will perform in the annual parade through downtown Denver where 400,000 holiday viewers are expected along the parade route. Another 300,000 viewers are expected to watch the event on TV. The band will be performing live on Friday, Dec. 3, only.

"It's a huge honor for CSU and the band. It really gives us a chance to shine," said senior CSU student Kira Puntenney.

Band Preview for the Parade in Fort Collins

Can’t make it to Denver for the parade? Support the CSU Marching Band during a parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

The uniformed band – complete with lights – takes to the street at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the corner of Pitkin and Peterson streets in Fort Collins. The rehearsal parade will progress counterclockwise around the UCA. The preview will last about half an hour, and the public is welcome to attend.

"I just love the whole atmosphere: people come out to watch it, the holiday season, and Christmas lights everywhere!" said Puntenney.

Special CSU reception

CSU will host a special reception with viewing areas of the parade. A free indoor reception starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the CSU Denver Center, 475 17th St. The reception will include hot chocolate, cookies and views of the parade. Although the reception is free, registration is required.

Get a good seat

CSU has also reserved bleacher seats along 17th and Glenarm Streets where the CSU Denver Center is located. The marching band is scheduled to stop at this location for a special performance to the CSU crowd. Space is limited for the bleachers and registration is required. The cost is $5 per seat for Alumni Association members and $10 for non-members to reserve a bleacher seat. To register for the reception and/or bleacher seating, visit the CSU Alumni page.

Denver Parade of Lights
Friday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.
Downtown Denver

The parade starts in front of Civic Center Park and the City and County Building on Bannock Street at 14th Avenue.

Watch the Parade of Lights on 9News

Live Broadcast
  • Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on 9News
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. on 9News
  • Saturday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. on My20 Comcast Channel 3
  • Friday, Dec. 24 at 10:35 p.m. on 9News.

About the CSU Marching Band

The CSU Marching Band, under the direction of Christopher Nicholas, began in 1901 with only 13 members. Out of 260 members today, 30 percent are music majors and the remaining band members represent all eight colleges across CSU’s campus in Fort Collins.

An average band member spends 17 hours per week in rehearsal or performing. The CSU Marching Band appears at more than 60 performances per year.

"It's a whole other level of emotion you get from it. It's very demanding, but the level of emotion- it's satisfaction," said Ellerbe.