James Madison marching band heading to Italy for New Year's

December 25, 2014 2:50 PM

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As a late holiday present, James Madison University's marching band is getting a trip to Italy this month. The Marching Royal Dukes will be seen, and heard, among revelers in the Eternal City's New Year's Day parade for the first time.

About 250 musicians, staff, band alumni and family will travel for the parade, according to the club's spokesperson Chase Maszle, 19. The sophomore, who is a converged media and computer information systems major, played cymbals on the band's drumline last year when JMU performed in the Macy's Thank...

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