When the Hempfield Area High School Spartan Marching Band of
Greensburg, Pa. -- one of the premier high school marching bands in
the country -- decided to be part of this year’s Burbank on Parade,
parade president Sally Hooper had just one word to say about the
She said the band chartered its own plane to fly here at a cost of
$500,000. Band members raised the money throughout the year by
selling submarine sandwiches in their community, she said.
This year’s parade, themed “Music Makes the World Go Round,” will
be well represented by musical groups April 26. Marching bands from
Burbank and Alhambra high schools, and John Muir, Luther Burbank and
Lancaster Challenger middle schools will participate. Drum squads
from Glendale’s Hoover High School and Wilson Middle School will also
play in the parade, and the John Burroughs High School cheerleaders
will march with the Burbank and Burroughs Alumni Band.
Local groups in the parade include the Boys and Girls Club of
Burbank, AYSO Soccer, more than 350 Girl Scouts, the Burbank School
of Ballet and the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., which is redoing
one of its parade floats for the event, Hooper said.
The Burbank Beauties, women 50 or older who are members of the
Joslyn Adult Center’s Red Hat Society, will ride in a vintage
Moreland bus on loan from the Burbank Historical Society, center
director Gayle Migden said.
“In our red hats and purple outfits, we should be one of the most
colorful groups in the parade,” Migden said.
At the end of the parade, festivities will continue at George Izay
Park with a crafts fair, Hooper said.
The Spartan Marching Band will perform a 15-minute concert,
followed by an awards ceremony and talent show, she said.