AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band will perform during a pregame remembrance ceremony honoring the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing prior to the Boston Red Sox’ nationally televised primetime game against the Baltimore Orioles April 20 at Fenway Park.
ESPN will broadcast the game and the pregame remembrance ceremony beginning about 6:30 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
On the eve of the 2014 Marathon, 240 members of the Marching Band under the direction of Timothy Todd Anderson and Thom Hannum will accompany 35 bagpipers and traditional Scottish drummers performing the melody “Highland Cathedral.” As they play, prayer canvases bearing messages of support to the city of Boston collected from across the country by the grassroots effort America4Boston will line the outfield warning track.
“This is an important moment for the City of Boston and the people of Massachusetts,” said Anderson. “The tragedy last year affected not just the Commonwealth, but the whole nation, and we are honored to be invited by the Red Sox to participate in this ceremony to honor the victims’ memories.”
Three people—Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu—died, and more than 250 others were injured the afternoon of April 15, 2013, when two homemade bombs were detonated near the finish line of the marathon in Boston’s Copley Square. MIT police officer Sean Collier was killed days later, allegedly by the accused suspects of the bombing.