WARREN, NJ - Warren student Matthew Ransom will be marching in the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Parade on Friday, Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. Opening remarks begin at 11:30 a.m., with the official swearing-in ceremony commencing at noon followed by the inaugural address and parade.
Ransom, a student at The Citadel in South Carolina, will march in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade as a part of the Citadel's Regimental Band and Pipes and Color Guard.
About 100 cadets make up The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, which is of two entities. 1) The Regimental Band, formed in 1907, is made up of about 70 cadet musicians recruited from around the nation and the world. 2) The Pipe Band, which started in 1955, is composed of a drum major and about 30 pipers and drummers and is highly competitive at Grades IV and V at Highland Games across the United States.
The 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade represents the 7th inaugural parade in which The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, Color Guard and/or Summerall Guard have been selected to participate. They jointly represented The Citadel together in the 1953 and 1985 inaugural parades. Unfortunately, inclement weather forced the cancellation of President Reagan's 1985 parade.
The regimental band was also a participant in President Kennedy's 1961 parade. The Summerall Guard participated in President George H. W. Bush's 1989 inaugural parade and President George W. Bush's 2005 inaugural parade. (1953; 1961; 1985; 1989; 2005; 2017)
The Summerall Guard is a silent precision drill platoon that was formed at The Citadel 85 years ago. The platoon's purpose is to exemplify, through a unique series of movements based on the old close order drill, the exactness and thoroughness with which a cadet at The Citadel is trained.
The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes is the only U.S. military college band to ever be invited to the exclusive Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and has been selected to participate as the one American military band in the globally known event three times: 2015, 2010, and 1991.