March 3, 2010
An 8 person drumline from Virginia State University plays in the Cross Hall of the White House before an event honoring Historically Black Colleges and Universities. February 26, 2010.
November 4, 2009
“Marching Band,” a documentary film that chronicles members of the Trojan Explosion Marching Band at Virginia State University (VSU), will make its U.S. debut at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville on Thursday, Nov. 5. On Friday, Nov. 6, the film will be shown at Virginia Hall on the VSU campus, located at 1 Hayden Drive in Ettrick.
The movie, which showcases band members’ personal stories against the background of last year’s presidential election, was made by a French production team. Members of the band and the production team will be on hand for the VSU screening.
The screening is free and open to the public.
October 16, 2008
Virginia State University’s 2008 Homecoming activities begin Saturday, Oct. 18 and will continue through Oct. 25 as alumni, students, family and friends commemorate the Trojan experience.
Loida N. Lewis, and Carolyn E. Fugett, wife and mother, respectively, of the late VSU alum Reginald F. Lewis, one of the nation’s most successful lawyers and entrepreneurs, will serve as parade marshals during the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 25. Lewis, a 1965 graduate, was once listed by Forbes magazine as one of the country’s wealthiest business leaders. Parade marshals will promenade from downtown Petersburg to the campus with university and community groups, and the Trojan Explosion Marching Band.
August 27, 2008
A clutch of lawyers and French filmmakers gathered on the 17th floor of the James Center last week to celebrate a documentary about college marching bands.
“We are interested by the situations of American college students,” says Annie Miller, the film’s producer and the director’s wife. With an Andy Warhol sweep of hair, canvas sneakers printed with tiny hearts and beer in hand, Miller, from Paris, looked very much the part. A lawyer at the Williams Mullen firm had helped wrangle visas and work permits for the crew.
The crew plans to film bands at Virginia State University, a historically black college in Petersburg, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville during the run-up to the presidential election. There’s even a chance that one of the bands featured will be invited to join the inauguration parade in Washington, D.C., in January.