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SDSU grad pursues acting career in NYC

SDSU grad pursues acting career in NYC

Jordan Rusche, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 29, 2022

After Braedon Paulson graduated from South Dakota State University in May 2021, he knew he wanted to expand on his degrees in music education and theater. “With the training from SDSU, I could easily...

Parade brings brothers together for one more performance

Parade brings brothers together for one more performance

Gracie Terrall, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 29, 2022

Micah Lillie’s senior year was supposed to end last May, but he decided to stick around for one more semester for a very special reason.  Micah marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with...

(Top, from left) Annamarie Dobbs, Jared Pannell, Kylie LaVoy and Isaac Pham. (Bottom, from left) Hannah Ferens, Mercedes Lodmell, Justine Wiik and Garrett Satterly

Macy’s means end of Pride experience for seniors

Gracie Terrall and Jordan Rusche November 23, 2022

The Pride of the Dakotas will be marching in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow, and for some members, this will be their last guaranteed performance with the band. Sixty-four students will be graduating...

The Pride performs for family, fans and museum visitors at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Pride rehearses for parade, performs at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Jordan Rusche and Gracie Terrall November 23, 2022

We’re getting closer to the day The Pride of the Dakotas has been waiting for since April 2021. Tomorrow, the Pride will take to the streets of New York to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  After...

After the Rockettes performance, the entire band gathered in Times Square for a group photo.

Pride visits historic monuments, experiences Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Jordan Rusche and Gracie Terrall November 22, 2022

Today’s events started with breakfast at the world’s largest Applebee’s before heading over to Ellis Island and seeing the Statue of Liberty. Pride members boarded a ferry to the island after...

(From left) Color guard members Meghan Hampton, freshman, Brett Hatch, junior, and Jessica Skare, senior pose for a photo at the top of Rockefeller Center.

The Pride takes in museums, Rockefeller Center and Little Italy in NYC

Gracie Terrall, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 21, 2022

After a hearty breakfast at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Pride members had the morning to themselves to explore the city.  Museums were popular destinations for many members.   Makira Wage,...

Will Kessler, a junior trombone player in the Pride of the Dakotas, will be performing in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade for the fourth time this year after previously participating in the Macys Great American Marching Band.

Pride member to perform in fourth Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

Jordan Rusche, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 21, 2022

When the Pride of the Dakotas found out that they would be marching in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there was one band member who knew the excitement better than anybody. That’s because...

More than 360 Pride members spent their evening eating pizza and burgers while bowling at Times Squares Bowlero.

Pride, family, fans arrive in New York City

Gracie Terrall and Jordan Rusche November 20, 2022

The Pride of the Dakotas, family and friends landed in New York City this afternoon after an early morning start to their five-day trip to the Big Apple to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  After...

The Pride prepares for New York

The Pride prepares for New York

Gracie Terrall, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 16, 2022

It won’t be long now. In just one week, the Pride of the Dakotas will be marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in band history. They’ve been preparing for this for...

Collegian graphic by Mara Wheaton

Pride members, band faculty eager for New York trip

September 15, 2022

The South Dakota State University Foundation is in the process of raising $700,000 for the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band to travel to New York and march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The...

Collegian graphic by Mara Wheaton

Pride members, band faculty eager for New York trip

Peyten Weise, Reporter September 13, 2022

The South Dakota State University Foundation is in the process of raising $700,000 for the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band to travel to New York and march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The...

The Pride to perform in 2022 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Pride to perform in 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Gracie Terrall and Jordan Rusche April 22, 2021

The Pride of the Dakotas will be one of nine bands to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, according to an announcement made today by band staff, university officials and others. Pride...

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