By: Allen University
The Allen University “Band of Gold,” under the direction of Mr. Jovon Milford, has been selected to be a representative of South Carolina in the 2024 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on May 27, 2024. The parade will take place in the heart of the United States Capitol, making its way west down Constitution Avenue, and ending at the National Mall between the White House and the Washington Monument.
The Allen University Band of Gold will be the only HBCU band featured alongside bands representing
many states and other parade performers selected to march in this historic tribute to America’s heroes,
past and present. The band was selected and invited on the basis of recommendations from State
music officials, superior performance ratings, and past competition results. The National Selection
Committee also reviewed video and audio tapes of the band as part of the selection process.
”We are honored by this invitation to represent not only the University, but the State of South Carolina
on a National platform. We have full confidence that Mr. Jovon Milford and the AU Band of Gold will
honor America’s heroes with the highest degree of excellence.”-Dr. Ernest C. McNealey, President