Before 1972, there was a major obstacle for this band to take part in the Rose Parade: a Tournament of Roses requirement that a student band have at least 100 musicians. Before the Los Angeles Unified became, well, unified, the band could only pull off this feat every other year. But when local school districts combined to become the second-largest school district in the nation, it was the perfect opportunity to bring the best student musicians together to become an annual Rose Parade phenomenon.
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The multicultural group drawn from throughout the city enjoys the added benefits of character development and teamwork as they perform venues like
This year’s Rose Parade will feature 22 bands, with some coming from as far as Japan. But homegrown California bands always seem to hold a special place in parade goers’ hearts. Other local marching bands in this year’s festivities include the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets and the Arcadia High School Marching Band. Together, they’ll ensure that this year’s parade will flaunt some of the most talented marching bands in the world.
Don’t miss your chance to see all of the marching bands at this year’s BandFest Dec. 30 to 31 at Pasadena City College. Tickets are $15 and children under 5 get in free (www.tournamentofroses.com).