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  • Early Music Ensemble & Performance Practice Seminar Part of EMA's Virtual Young Performers Festival

    The School of Music Early Music Ensemble and Doctoral Performance Practice Seminar are featured this week as part of Early Music America’s 2021 Virtual Young Performer’s Festival, which is hosting fourteen collegiate and pre-college ensembles from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bolivia.

  • YOU DID IT! Congrats Class of 2021

    After a tumultuous year, we are excited to celebrate your achievement more than ever. Here's what you need to know about Convocation.

  • Student Composers Create the Sound of Art

    What does a painting sound like? For PhD music composition student Zheng Zhou, it sounds like the Grand Canyon. Zheng is one of ten students in the U’s School of Music composition program who wrote original works of music this year in response to artworks at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA).

  • Barbara Ralphs, beloved Department of Music staff, dies at 102

    For close to three decades, Barbara Ralphs was the glue that held the U Department of Music together. The administrative assistant to five Department of Music chairs, students, faculty, and staff across campus universally relied on her when something needed to be done.

  • Scientifically enhance practice, training, and experience through Performance Science

    Join the School of Music for two interactive webinars April 26 and 27, on innovative techniques and interventions designed to enhance student practice, training, and experience. Experts from the Centre for Performance Science (Royal College of Music, Imperial College of London) discuss scientifically validated methods for enhancing musical achievement, from physical to psychological to the pharmacological.

  • Every Dollar Makes a Difference: Outstanding Students Applaud Music Scholarships

    One talented musician can impact the experience of an entire ensemble. With that in mind, the School of Music’s Advisory Board established the Top Freshman Award in 2015. Think of it as a signing bonus. This four-year award offers an extra incentive, on top of other scholarship awards, for outstanding musicians to come to, and stay at, the U.

  • The MOVE Project

    The MOVE Project is a week long series of events from April 5 – 9, 2021 that will feature a digital recreation of the hybrid opera “We Shall Not Be Moved,” followed by a series of panel discussions, symposiums, and masterclasses delivered by the cast and creatives of the original show.

  • Bach and Beyond Violin Intensive!

    Participate in a week of lessons, workshops, and exciting guest artists masterclasses. Learn from esteemed University of Utah violin faculty, absorb new angles of violin playing and be exposed to the knowledge of some of the most accomplished artists through guest masterclasses.

  • MAKING ART WORK: Matthew Robertson, Choral Music Educator

    Matthew Robertson is a music educator at the Waterford School. An alumnus of the University of Utah, Robertson rigorously pursued music throughout his undergraduate studies, but ended up graduating in Human Development and Family Studies.

  • Alumni working through the pandemic

    Read about how alumni are working through the pandemic

  • Becoming Strength for One Another: Music By Living Black Female Choral Composers

    School of Music Voci Altissime concert presents themes of respect, social justice, and unity in their concert below. The featured composers, Rosephanye Powell, Zanaida Robles, and Brittney Boykin will each introduce their piece and discuss the significance of their music within these themes.

  • Utah Philharmonia to be featured in national conference

    The Utah Philharmonia's video of the world premiere performance of Stacy Garrop's Lo Yisa Goy was chosen to be presented during the Virtual Concerts of the 2021 College Orchestra Directors Association Virtual Conference.

  • University of Utah Music's John Petrucelli, students, and alums help release Disney's "Soul" with original track

    Jazz music is taking center stage in Disney’s latest release, “Soul,” now streaming.

  • Return to Campus Spring 2021

    The School of Music is preparing for your safe return to campus in Spring 2021. Below is information providing answers to many questions we are receiving from Music students. This information will be updated as the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic change.

  • School of Music 2020 Highlights

    As we wrap up the 2020 year, we hope you enjoy this holiday concert by University of Utah Chamber Choir. See the rest of our 2020 concert highlights.

  • Paul Sherrill Receives Roland Jackson Award

    School of Music Assistant Professor, Paul Sherrill's article "Susanna's 'Deh vieni'" was published in the journal Music Theory Online, vol. 24 no. 4 (Dec. 2018). On Nov. 8, the American Musicological Society awarded Sherrill the Roland Jackson Award during its 2020 annual conference. The award recognizes an article "of exceptional merit in the field of music analysis."

  • U Opera Reinvents Face Masks for Singers

    Julia Haywood-Breault started hand-sewing masks for her family and friends when the coronavirus first swept the nation, bringing uncertainty for all, especially the music community.

  • Meet the Faculty Zoom Series

    Thinking about studying music at the University of Utah? Attend these zoom seminars Oct. 26-29, 2020. Come meet our outstanding faculty and learn about programs at the School of Music. Free and open to all students.

  • U Piano Outreach Program ignites a love of music in young students

    Carmen Hall has seen over the past two years teaching in the School of Music's Piano Outreach Program (UPOP) that each of her students gains something slightly different from learning piano.

  • Carl Nielsen & the Violin Naxos Intl. CD Release Event

    Join us in an online event celebrating the release of Carl Nielsen: Complete Works for Violin Solo and Violin and Piano. Produced by Naxos in partnership with the National Danish Academy and the Royal Danish Library, this first ever anthology of Denmark’s most prominent composer is performed by University of Utah School of Music Professor Hasse Borup (Violin) and Andrew Staupe (Piano), former School of Music faculty, now Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Houston.

  • School of Music Student Success Initiative

    As part of a significant new student success initiative funded through the Dee Foundation and private donations, the School of Music is soliciting proposals focusing on student success, student wellness, and social justice from students and faculty. The McKay Music Library Committee will review and support these proposals.

  • September Events 2020

    Read about our September events.

  • U Music alumnus Steven Sharp Nelson talks TEDxSaltLakeCity, and music’s powerful ability to heal

    Steven Sharp Nelson, acclaimed American cellist, songwriter and member of the famed group The Piano Guys, believes wholeheartedly that music has the power to heal individuals and communities.

  • New Faculty Fall 2020

    Meet School of Music's New Faculty for Fall 2020.

  • Return To Campus

    During these extraordinary times, the School of Music is preparing for your safe arrival on campus in Fall 2020. Here is information providing answers to many questions we are hearing from Music students. We will update this information as the situation evolves, and we appreciate your patience.

  • Jed Moss Memorial Concert Program

    View the Jed Moss Memorial Concert Program livestreaming on School of Music's YouTube channel on July 17. Read about Jed's friends and colleagues who made this event possible.

  • Celebrated musicians honor colleague at first annual Jed Moss Memorial Concert

    On July 17th, musicians from around the country will come together to create an online musical experience in honor of their colleague and friend, Jed Moss, commemorating the first anniversary of his untimely death.

  • The University of Utah Director of Bands, Scott Hagen, to Retire

    The School of Music Director of Bands, Scott Hagen, will be retiring Fall 2020 after 29 years of service. Professor Hagen started teaching at the University of Utah in 1991, became an Associate Professor in 2002, and the Director of Bands in 2005. He teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and serves on numerous committees­ for the department. The School of Music will be celebrating Professor Hagen’s achievements this fall. Stay tuned for more information on the School of Music’s website,

  • A Message from the Leadership of the School of Music

    The leadership of the University of Utah School of Music is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that is unequivocal and purposeful in its rejection of racism. Please follow this link to the full statement and action items.

  • New Op-Ed in Salt Lake Tribune by Dr. Elizabeth Craft

    Sparked by her recent research for her upcoming monograph, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Craft has written an informative piece on musical theater and the 1918 flu pandemic.

  • U Music's Michie Jazz Quintet records exciting new EP

    Before they all graduated (and before COVID-19 drastically changed their final semester), they came together to record. “My favorite part of recording the EP was being able to share that space with my friends during our final year at the University of Utah. We've all worked really hard to get to where we are musically and it was really nice to see that all come together and to have something documented that demonstrates our passion for music,” vocalist Anaïs Chantal Samuels reflected.

  • Retiring Faculty from the School of Music

    Join us in celebrating our retiring faculty: Professor Kathy Pope, clarinet; and, composer Dr. Steve Roens. Congratulations on your retirements!

  • Join us for our Virtual Student Showcase May 2 at 5pm!

    We're hosting a Facebook Watch Party and featuring performances of our School of Music students!

  • Introducing the School of Music's 2020 Outstanding Senior: Tony Elison

    Meet graduating student Tony Elison and read what School of Music faculty have to say about this talented senior.

  • The 2020 SOMe Festival Thrives, Online

    The School of Music’s annual SOMe Festival is a celebratory concert organized by the students, for the students. At the end of each academic year the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) reviews student performances to be featured in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

  • You can do it! End of Semester Message from Miguel Chuaqui

    A video message for music students from the School's Director, Dr. Miguel Chuaqui.

  • U School of Music Instructor Cathy Clayton on Going Online

    Associate Professor (Lecturer) Cathy Clayton has fifteen years' experience with online teaching, and she offers her insights during this time of remote learning.

  • COVID-19 and School of Music Measures

    The University of Utah has proactively monitored and responded to daily developments as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread in Utah and across the United States. As was announced by President Watkins on March 12, 2020, classes at the University of Utah are cancelled Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17 (after Spring Break). The University of Utah will shift to all-online instruction beginning March 18 for the rest of spring semester. All School of Music concerts, and all other public events, are cancelled through April 29th, 2020, except for student recitals that are required to be completed this semester for graduation. These student recitals will not be open to the public, except through online streaming. The School of Music Office, the McKay Music Library, and School of Music practice rooms will remain open. However, we encourage students to take advantage of technologies that allow them to receive instruction while not being physically present on campus. Students who are away from campus are encouraged not to travel back. Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our students.

  • MAKING ART WORK: Rod Davis, VP of Music Business Affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment & School of Music Alumnus

    Rod Davis is the vice president of Music Business Affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In this role, Davis is responsible for handling music transactions from negotiations for composers, musicians, and music supervisors, to recording artists and soundtrack album agreements for feature films, television series, game shows and interstitial works. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah School of Music, his master’s in Music at University of Southern California, and his J.D. at Southwestern University School Law School. Prior to his work at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Davis acted as senior counsel to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, handling music rights and transactions for the studio.

  • David Park, Adjunct Professor of Violin, on his upcoming landmark year

    For David Park, School of Music Adjunct Professor, 2020 will be a landmark year for violin performance.

  • University of Utah College of Fine Arts - U Giving Day 2020: Get ready with CFA student McKayla Wolf

    On February 25 – 26, an 1,850-minute-long philanthropy celebration will take over the University of Utah campus, in honor of the University’s Founders Day. In only its 2nd year of existence, U Giving Day was created not only to raise money for the students of the University of Utah but to also educate our students and faculty on various philanthropy efforts.

  • University of Utah College of Fine Arts - Choosing campus housing? Live with fellow artists!

    Living on campus at the U? Why not live amongst your fellow artists?

  • School of Music’s Annual Concerto Competition

    Not many professional musicians get to perform with an orchestra as a soloist. But every year students compete for the rare opportunity. After multiple rounds of auditions, students are selected to perform with either the Utah Philharmonia or the Campus Symphony, both in-house orchestras.

  • School of Music 2019 Highlights

    Join us as we reflect on 2019 and all of the wonderful work done by our students and faculty.

  • Splendor of the Iberian Baroque: Virtuoso Series Artist Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI

    Jordi Savall, a luminous star of the early music universe, is coming with his ensemble, Hespèrion XXI, to the School of Music. Through the Virtuoso Series, a collaboration between the School of Music and Utah Presents supported by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, he will present a concert and a masterclass on early music performance.

  • It's Tradition! School of Music presents "Amahl and The Night Visitors & A Christmas Carol" at the Grand Theatre

    The holiday season is in full swing and that can only mean one thing: traditions.

  • Get in the Holiday Spirit with School of Music Performances

    From December 5 through December 14, enjoy a wide variety of holiday performances from our ensembles and community collaborations.

  • Annual Camerata Awards Free Concert Gala invites public to celebrate the School of Music.

    Join us at the School of Music's biggest event of year on Nov. 22 at Libby Gardner Concert Hall. The Camerata Awards Concert Gala celebrates School of Music's talented students, outstanding faculty, and the generous supporters that ensure its success.

  • The Power of Music According to Alumna Edith Carlquist Reed, Class of 1938

    Edith Carlquist Reed remembers the practice rooms at the University of Utah as the nicest she ever encountered in her life.

  • Utah Philharmonia presents the 18th annual Haunted Orchestra: Myths and Legends

    University of Utah’s Utah Philharmonia will channel the mystique of supernatural folklore at this year’s “Haunted Orchestra: Myths and Legends,” Oct. 24-25 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

  • School of Music Students, Alumni and Faculty Reunited in St George Opera's "La Bohème”

    When Dr. Robert Breault taught David Sauer as a voice student in the University of Utah’s School of Music, he couldn’t predict that this student would one day hire him to direct a familiar opera where he would work alongside several of his former and current students in a professional production.

  • Friends and Family Honor Beloved Pianist Jed Moss

    Jed Moss spent his career generously sharing his talent with artists of many types and skill levels. In that spirit, his colleagues, friends, and family are establishing a collaborative piano scholarship at the University of Utah to continue his legacy.

  • MAGNIFYING, No. 21: Casey Overfield

    Casey Overfield has played tuba in the University of Utah’s Marching Band for three years. A Communications major originally from Northern California, Overfield immediately connected with the camaraderie of the Marching Band. A valued and committed member of the band since her first moments here on campus, she exemplifies the value of the arts within interdisciplinary studies.

  • The Red Hots! Want to Come & Play

    The School of Music’s Red Hot! Performers are expanding in hopes of bringing more live classical and jazz music to events all over the U’s campus and in the wider Salt Lake City community.

  • Utah Philharmonia Teams Up with Wuhan University: In Conversation with Professor Robert Baldwin

    On September 19th, the University of Utah’s premiere orchestra, the 85-member Utah Philharmonia will perform with students from the prestigious Wuhan University in China in a concert that explores cultural musical traditions and builds international student relationships.

  • Runnin' Fl'UTES Perform at National Convention

    The 47th Annual National Flute Association Convention came to Salt Lake City this past week. In attendance at the Salt Palace were hundreds of flutists from all over the world, many presenting or performing as soloists, in flute orchestras, or in chamber groups. Some flute choirs were featured in showcase concerts. The School of Music’s own Runnin’ Fl’UTES secured a concert spot in the convention and performed on the morning of 3 August.

  • School of Music professor hosted piano competition and festival in China

    Piano Area Head, Ning Lu hosted the first-ever Helen Taylor Johannsen International Piano Competition and University of Utah Music Academy to occur overseas, in Hong Kong, and Guangzhou, China.

  • UU Lyric Opera Ensemble tests the limits of faith and fear in Dialogues des Carmélites By Ali Parra

    Faith, sacrifice, and redemption transpire throughout one of Francis Poulenc’s most profound works, Dialogues des Carmélites. The University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble and the Utah Philharmonia will perform this opera on April 19-20 at Kingsbury Hall.

  • The School of Music's Emma Ray Riggs McKay Music Library

    Founded just over eighteen years ago and named for one of the University of Utah’s first music graduates, the Emma Ray Riggs McKay Music Library is nestled in the first floor of the School of Music. We exist to serve the students and faculty of the School of Music, but we have patrons from all over the university. They come to check out scores, study in our beautiful space, produce music in our brand-new music technology studio, or browse through our excellent collections, which embrace a wide variety of materials, from the latest recordings and publications by our faculty to our unique collection of vinyl jazz records.

  • Seth Keeton launches first of its kind, song digital database

    Dr. Seth Keeton, Assistant Professor of Voice in the School of Music is celebrating the release of an ambitious tool in the Digital Humanities–an online tool for art song discovery called SongHelix. Art song is a genre of classical vocal music intended for performance in recital by one singer and one pianist that prizes direct experience and intimacy.

  • SummerArts Piano Festival Invites Winners to Perform with Live Orchestras

    Pianists of the SummerArts Piano Festival and Competition will grace the stage with their award-winning performances in two special concerts on Jan. 19 and 26, 2019 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Every summer the University of Utah hosts the SummerArts Piano Festival and Competition attracting pianists ranging from elementary to college age as they compete for prizes, scholarships, and the chance to perform with a live orchestra. The winners of this year's competition will be showcased alongside the American West Symphony and the Salt Lake Symphony.

  • Wind Ensemble to Perform at UMEA

    The University of Utah Wind Ensemble was the only university ensemble selected to perform at this year's Utah Music Education Association Conference in St. George.

  • The U ranks as best Music School for Veterans in Utah

    The University of Utah School of Music was ranked #15 out of 370 institutions in the U.S. for veteran friendliness in College Factual’s 2019 national and state rankings. This places the U in the top 5% best music schools for veterans in the nation and is the second year in the row the U has ranked as the best school of music for veterans in Utah.

  • 18th Annual Camerata Awards Concert and Gala, honoring Gordon and Connie Hanks

    The School of Music will honor icons of the Salt Lake jazz community at its 18th Annual Camerata Awards Concert Gala on 11/9. Founders of the JazzSLC concert series, Gordon and Connie Hanks, and former U Director of Jazz Studies Henry Wolking will receive their awards at a private dinner and public post-dinner concert in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

  • Looking for a music class for this fall semester? Sign up for the Women's Chorus!

    The Women’s Chorus at The University of Utah is an ensemble for singers of all abilities to rehearse and perform an array of treble choral repertoire.

  • New outstanding faculty members at the School of Music

    The University of Utah School of Music extends a warm welcome to its newest tenure-line faculty members. Each distinguished in their own right; they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in each respective area here at The University of Utah.

  • Dr. Mike Cottle

    Gain a deeper knowledge of Dr. Mike Cottle, Associate Professor (Lecturer), Music Technology and Composition at the School of Music.

  • Chamber Choir Prepares to Perform at the China International Choral Festival

    The University of Utah Chamber Choir is known for its impeccable intonation and unique ringing tone quality. Under the direction of Dr. Barlow Bradford, the Chamber Choir has travelled nationally and internationally participating in festivals and competitions, including winning the European Choral Gran Prix Choral Competition in 2015. This year the choir has accepted an invitation to be one of four headlining choirs to be featured in the China International Choral Festival in Beijing.

  • University of Utah Wind Ensemble to Premiere David Maslanka's Final Composition, Symphony No. 10

    David Maslanka is one of the most prominent composers of wind band repertoire. Prior to his passing in August 2017, he began work on Symphony No. 10, which was completed by his son Matthew, and will be premiered by the University of Utah Wind Ensemble on their April 3rd concert.

  • Gregory Brown awarded Distinguished Alumni

    The College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni for Music goes to Gregory Brown

  • Catherine Mayes Wins Prestigious Award

    The University of Utah’s own Assistant Professor of Musicology, Dr. Catherine Mayes was recently awarded The Westrup Prize. This is awarded annually for "an article of particular distinction" published in "Music & Letters," a leading international musicological journal published by Oxford University Press.

  • Graduate String Quartet Studies in Germany

    The University of Utah School of Music Graduate String Quartet is in residence in the Saarburg Festival in Germany from July 27- August 7, 2015. Giving the U’s Chamber Music Program great exposure in Germany, the Graduate Quartet, along with three other string students, gave a beautiful performance at the opening reception for the festival on Monday, July 27, 2015.

  • Conducting "Cinderella"

    Claudia Restrepo, first year Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) candidate in the Orchestra Conducting program in the School of Music, reflects on why she is studying conducting, and what it means to work as an assistant conductor for the April 3-4, 2015 performance of Prokofiev's "Cinderella."

  • Opera at the U!

    What goes into an opera production at the U? See our new video about our opera program.

  • Viola d'Amore in Concert!

    Professor Robert Baldwin will perform as part of the Lindon Chamber Music Society at the Lindon Community Center on Saturday, January 24 at 7:00 pm. The concert, titled "Viola D'Amore," will feature Baldwin on the viola d'amore in collaboration with Kirsten Gunlogson, Associate Professor of Voice; and, Pamela Palmer Jones, Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Musicianship.

  • Scott Hagen, Director of Bands, takes the Utah Wind Symphony to Prestigious Clinic

    The Utah Wind Symphony has been selected to play at the 2014 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. This is a very prestigious opportunity. Their performance is slated for December 20, 2014.

  • Music Education: Service on Editorial Review Boards

    The School of Music’s Music Education program consists of renowned faculty with degrees from prestigious schools that actively perform and publish. Three of the Music Education program’s Faculty members, Jessica Nápoles, Associate Professor and Area Head, Joelle Lien, Associate Professor, and Nicole Robinson, Professor, go above their duties as Faculty members, and were elected as respected members of their profession to serve on editorial review boards for several scholarly peer-reviewed journals within the Music Education community.

  • Barbara Scowcroft Honored

    The College of Fine Arts has honored Barbara Scowcroft as recipient of the 2014/2015 Distinguished Alumni Award in Music. Scowcroft graduated from the U in 2003 with a MM in Conducting and is now a violinist with the Utah Symphony and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Violin Studies at the University of Utah.

  • Faculty Baroque Performs on Air

    Faculty members Pam Jones, Kirsten Gunlogson, and Robert Baldwin, along with DMA student Leslie Richards, were recently featured on KBYU's Highway 89 radio program. The ensemble performed works by Bach, Vivaldi, Sessa, and Ariosti.

  • New Academic Appointments

    With a new school year comes new faces and academic appointments. The School of Music is pleased to welcome Anne McNamara, Raymond C. Morales Postdoctoral Fellow (Trumpet); Nicole R. Robinson, Professor of Music Education and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair for Elementary Music Education; and Jonathan Campbell, the new Director of Jazz Ensembles.

  • Forward 4 Clarinet Quartet Perform at Prestigious Chilean Music Festival

    The internationally acclaimed Forward 4 clarinet quartet performed in February at Semanas Musicales de Frutillar, a prestigious chamber music festival in Chile.

  • Piano Four Hands: Heather Conner and Caleb Harris

    Newlywed piano virtuosi Heather Conner and Caleb Harris to present a recital of Romantic duets on February 16, 2014 as part of the Sundays@7 Faculty Recital Series. With four hands and one piano, Conner and Harris will perform the works of Romantic era composers Schubert, Barber, Brahms, and Dvorák.

  • Barlow Bradford Appointed Utah Symphony Chorus Director

    Utah Symphony | Utah Opera named Barlow Bradford as the new Utah Symphony chorus director this October.

  • Nicole Robinson Serves as Interim Sorenson Chair

    Recently appointed Visiting Associate Professor Nicole R. Robinson joins the School of Music faculty as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Music Education.

  • Utah Philharmonia Presents Rapturous Indie Hit Penelope

    Bringing chamber music, voice, and electronic techniques together, Shara Worden joins the Utah Philharmonia in performing indie artist Sarah Kirkland Snider's Penelope.

  • String Quartet Wins Regional Honor

    The School of Music's Graduate String Quartet, known locally as the Rosco Quartet, will advance to the national Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Performance Competition on March 22, 2013 in Chicago, IL, after winning the regional competition this January in New Mexico.

  • Brian Hulse Returns to the U

    Alumnus composer Brian Hulse returns to the University of Utah to share his views on success with the next generation of inspiring composers.

  • Play Me, I'm Yours comes to U

    The School of Music brings three street pianos to annual Arts Bash to celebrate 100th anniversary of its piano department.

  • Julliard String Quartet

    The Graduate String Quartet has been accepted into the prestigious Julliard String Quartet Seminar for the week of May 20-24, 2013.

  • A Century of Piano at the University of Utah

    The School of Music kicks off Centennial in a major key...

  • Lost and Found

    Hasse Borup, Associate Professor and Head of String and Chamber Music Studies, uncovers lost, 70-year old sonata by American composer Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987).

  • U Opera on Parade

    Student vocalists celebrate pioneers' love of music in Days of '47 parade.

Last Updated: 3/1/21