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February 25th, 2013 by Arcadia Weekly
Pasadena Tournament of Roses® President R. Scott Jenkins has announced 18 of the 20 marching bands that will participate in the 125th Rose Parade® presented by Honda, themed “Dreams Come True.” They hail from all across the United States – including Alaska and Hawaii – as well as from outside the country. The two bands not yet announced will be from the universities competing in the Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO. They will be added to the lineup when those schools are determined.
The 18 bands announced today are (listed alphabetically by school name): Banda de Música Herberto López Colegio José Daniel Crespo, Herrera, Panama
Carmel High School “Marching Greyhounds,” Carmel, Ind.
Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Marching Band, San Antonio, Texas
Colony High School Knights Marching Band “THEE Northern Sound,” Palmer, Alaska
Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Indian Band, Kingsport, Tenn.
Glendora Tartan Band and Pageantry, Glendora, Calif.
Hawaii All State Marching Band “Na Koa Ali’i,” Kaneohe, Hawaii
Homewood Patriot Band, Homewood, Ala.
Liberty High School Grenadier Band, Bethlehem, Pa.
Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles
McQueen High School “Lancer Band,” Reno, Nev.
Nagoya Minami High School Green Band, Nagoya, Japan
Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets, Pasadena, Calif.
Rosemount High School Marching Band, Rosemount, Minn.
St. Augustine High School Marching “100,” New Orleans, La.
The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Los Angeles
United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band
Westfield High School Marching Bulldogs, Chantilly, Va.
Bands are selected by the Tournament of Roses based on a variety of criteria including musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. In order to be considered, band representatives submitted detailed applications, which included photos, video footage and letters of recommendation. Bands are required to raise all necessary funds for travel and accommodations. In addition to marching in the 5 1/2 mile long Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, bands also perform in one of three Bandfest events scheduled for Dec. 29 and 30, 2013, at Pasadena City College.
The Tournament of Roses is currently accepting band applications for the 2015 Rose Parade. Please visit http://apply.tournamentofroses.com for details.