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Marching band brings CSU spirit to Parade of Lights

December 1, 2011

The award-winning CSU marching band once again will lead the annual 9News Parade of Lights, set for Dec. 2 in downtown Denver.

The CSU marching band will lead the way Dec. 2 at the 37th annual 9News Parade of Lights in Denver.The 260-member band, adorned in twinkling lights, begins the parade at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Civic Center Park and the City and County Building on Bannock Street at 14th Avenue. The band’s performance will include the signature trombone suicide.

The parade, which is free and open to the public, is expected to attract 400,000 spectators, with another 300,000 expected to watch on TV. The marching band performs only on Friday.

Free CSU alumni reception

CSU will host a special reception with viewing areas of the parade. A free indoor reception starts at 6 p.m. Friday 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.

CSU also has reserved bleacher seats along 17th and Glenarm Streets. 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

About the CSU marching band

The Colorado State University marching band, under the direction of Christopher Nicholas and Richard Frey, 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. An average band member spends 17 hours per week in rehearsal or performing. The marching band appears at more than 60 performances per year.