Some Iowa State University students may actually be glad the football team lost last weekend. That means the I-S-U Marching Band will be free from any bowl game obligations to go to England for a New Year’s Day parade through downtown London. Marty Province, I-S-U’s associate director of bands, says he’s still picking out the music.A delegation of about 200 will be going to London from Ames — about 150 students and 50 staff, alumni and family members. Even though they’ll be far from home when the so-called Y-2-K bug is expected to strike, Province says he’s not concerned as they will travel before and after New Year’s Day.The Cyclone Marching Band is the only college band from the U-S invited to the London Parade. Province says the band members are disciplined enough that they won’t be looking around at the sights when they’re supposed to be playing their instruments, though there’ll be plenty to see along the route.Students are paying for the trip themselves which Province says should cost about 15-hundred dollars each. His only regret is that the parade won’t be televised in the U-S but it is expected to have an audience of about two-million in person and 60-million on T-V.
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