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UNI marching band has highest membership in history

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An eastern Iowa university's marching band has the highest number of members in its history.

The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band (PMB) is the largest student organization on campus with 330 members, and has experienced growth for the seventh consecutive year.

This year there are 79 different majors in the UNI marching band, so members do not have to be music majors to be play.

The band is led by Danny Galyen, associate professor of music and it performs five different shows each season.

"Everyone involved with the Panther Marching Band is excited to experience such a significant growth in our enrollment," said Galyen. "We feel that this is a result of the students having such a positive experience as members of the band."

This year will be the first international performance for the band.

They've been invited to perform in London in the New Year's Day Parade and Festival in January.

More than 8,000 performers from across the world will entertain a street audience of around 500,000 during the parade.

"They seem to thrive in the band program here, and they have created a close-knit family atmosphere that provides a great deal of support to them as they navigate through their college life," said Galyen

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