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The Comet Marching Band returns from their triumphant international debut in Paris

The City of Light resounded with the fanfare of the Olivet College Fight Song on New Year’s Day, as the Marching Comets proudly made their international debut during La Grande Parade de Paris – Champs-Élysées.

For all who watched, it was hard to believe that less than a year ago this same band was just a small group of very determined students and a director with a vision. After a long hiatus, the new Marching Comets, now numbering over 30 students, were already being invited to perform across the globe in some of the biggest performance opportunities in the world.

In addition to the parade, band members and alumni performed in concerts at the American Cathedral and St. Clotilde Basilique; toured Versaille and Chantilly; visited the top of the Eiffel Tower; and experienced all the best of the city.

The trip to Paris is what Jeremy Duby, director of bands, calls the “first of many” exclusive performance events for the newly reinstated Marching Comets and alumni.

With the band in full swing, the entire college community can expect to hear and see big things from the Olivet music program in the near future.

Watch for the full story of the band’s trip to Paris in the next issue of Shipherd’s Record! To view photos and video of the trip, visit the Olivet College Bands Facebook page. Learn more about the Olivet College music program or scholarship opportunities.