April 24, 2014

Marching Band Plays Fenway

Performance honors marathon victims before Red Sox game

The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band performed during a pregame remembrance ceremony honoring the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 20 at Fenway Park.

On the eve of the 2014 Marathon, 240 members of the Marching Band, under the direction of Timothy Todd Anderson and Thom Hannum, accompanied 35 bagpipers and traditional Scottish drummers performing the melody “Highland Cathedral.” As they played, prayer canvases bearing messages of support to the city of Boston collected from across the country by the grassroots effort America4Boston lined the outfield warning track. The band also played the national anthem prior to the game’s first pitch.

“This was 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 have been 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. MBTA police officer Sean Collier was killed days later, allegedly by the accused suspects of the bombing.