KU Trumpet Ensemble Performing at Inaugural Parade

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) A trumpet ensemble from the University of Kansas will represent Kansas in President Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony, thanks to some quick planning and hard work.

The University of Kansas Trumpet Ensemble had only 10 days to prepare for its trip to Washington D.C. after a group chosen to represent Kansas dropped out.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the 16 students and two faculty members spent the last week and a half cramming in practice while also raising money for the trip.

Private donors and the chancellor’s office helped with some of the costs, and the university’s athletics department donated Kansas jackets for the occasion.

The group will play a trumpet version of the state song, “Home on the Range” during Monday’s inaugural parade.