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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH MARCHING UTES Representing their school down the parade route playing loud and proud, this Utah Marching Utes will also showcase their school colors and talent during the pre-game and halftime show for today’s 109th Rose Bowl Game. Salt Lake City, Utah
Director: Dr. Brian Sproul
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PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY MARCHING BLUE BAND
All roads have led this Penn State Blue Band to this moment. They find themselves among the crowds, ready to play to crowds along the 5 1/2- mile parade route and inside the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. It will be day to remember. University Park, Pennsylvania
Director: Dr. Gregory Drane
ALL GIFU HONOR GREEN BAND
Japan’s Honor Green Band is a composite brass band whose members are selected from students in and around Gifu, Japan. Most of this year's band members are college students, with a few lucky high schoolers, each with extensive performing experience and superior musical talents. The band was established in 1998 at Sendai in the Tohoku region of Japan and aims to increase green plants on our planet. Over the past 24 years, the group has had 27 trips overseas and more than 2,000 students participate.
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Director: Takaaki Wada
BANDA DE MÚSICA LA PRIMAVERA
The Bilingual Educational Center of Santiago de Veraguas in Panamá brings us La Banda de Música la Primavera. It is the flagship musical delegation from the School Educational Center of the country and includes elementary, middle and high school students. The band’s elevated level of musicality and cultural reach has been supported by the cultural ambassadors of Panamá, the President of the Republic of Panamá and the Archdiocese of Panamá. The band is also supported by the parents and the larger community who donate the band’s instruments. Banda de Música la Primavera is composed of 218 students and is considered one of the most exceptional and unique bands in Panama and Central America. The band uniforms this year represent the great fight and victory of good over evil. The colors represent the different forces of nature.
Santiago, Veraguas, Panamá
Director: Javier Alberto Jiménez Ortiz BROOKWOOD BRONCO MARCHING BAND
The Bronco Marching Band has nearly 300 students representing all the band classes in their high school. Their philosophy is to be an all-inclusive band and represent the Brookwood Community, which has supported their program every step of the way. Since 1988, through the non-profit Brookwood Band Association, Inc., volunteer parents, teachers and students have been dedicated to supporting the band music programs of Brookwood High School. The Bronco Marching Band’s primary focus is to provide entertaining music enhanced by entertaining visuals. They have performed across the country, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington D.C, Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. The Brookwood Bronco Marching Band has received 10 grand championships in local and regional competitions.
Director: Dr. Laura Moates Stanley
BUHOS MARCHING BAND
Buhos Marching Band is proud of its choreography and versatility in melodies. They play national and international music, combined with popular and traditional music, creating an atmosphere that emanates the joy and emotion of Mexican culture. Established in 1999 as part of Escuela Secundaría Técnica No. 3, the Buhos Marching Band is comprised of more than 250 musicians and dancers, creating a huge family. All members dress in traditional Mexican costumes: Mariachis with the traditional big hat, women with ribbons on their head and wearing long colorful dresses, and prehispanic Aztec costumes, instilling a part of their roots in every performance.
Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Director: Eric Mota Reyes
FOOTHILLS FALCON BAND
The Foothills Falcon Band is the largest marching band in the state of Arizona, comprises 258 students from Catalina Foothills High School. While the band program has a strong representation, the instrumental music program is known for providing a comprehensive list of courses including concert, jazz, chamber, steel, and guitar. The Foothills Falcon Band has traveled across the country and around the world and is best known for providing crowd-pleasing, high-energy performances whether on the marching field or on parade. Since the opening of the high school in 1992, there has only been one lead director, Renee Shane-Boyd.
Director: Renee Shane-Boyd FRESNO STATE BULLDOG MARCHING BAND
The Bulldog Marching Band is a performance and entertainment ensemble that is a vital part of Fresno State, Fresno State Athletics and the Central Valley of California. The Bulldogs represent the State of California as the largest college marching band of its kind, having been recognized by the College Band Directors National Association as one of the top eight college marching bands in the country. The band is composed of members from every major at Fresno State and has performed in events throughout the country and around the world. In 2018, The Bulldog Marching Band was a featured performer for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) for the release of Ubisoft's "Just Dance" video game.
Director: Steve McKeithen
LAUSD ALL DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL HONOR BAND
The LAUSD All District High School Honor Band has been participating in the Rose Parade since 1973 and their director, Tony White, is celebrating his 35th year with the band. Comprising brass and percussion musicians along with drum majors, shield carriers and tall flags, the band has performed in a variety of events across greater Los Angeles, including NFL Super Bowls and Major League Baseball World Series. Band Directors Tony White and Art Duardo, plus a talented staff, will work together with more than 300 students from approximately 75 high schools for their 50th Rose Parade performance. The program has served more than 14,000 students since its inception and was designed to give students in the second largest school district the opportunity to march in the Rose Parade.
Los Angeles, California
Director: Anthony L. White
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE HERALD TRUMPETS
For the 43rd consecutive year, the Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets will announce the Royal Court in the Rose Parade. This elite unit is composed of nine trumpeters and one snare drummer, who were selected from current PCC trumpeters and more than 70 Southern California high school musicians. In addition to their appearance in the Rose Parade, the group also participates in other Tournament of Roses’ events throughout the year such as the Royal Court Announcement and the flag raising at Tournament House the morning of the Parade. This Parade will mark Director Kevin Brown’s 40th consecutive year.
Director: Kevin Brown
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE TOURNAMENT OF ROSES HONOR BAND
The Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band has marched in the Rose Parade since 1930 and comprises current PCC Lancer Marching Band members and select high school students from throughout Southern California. More than 500 high school music students auditioned for the 225 spots in the band. The PCC Lancer Band performs for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court Announcement ceremony, the Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and the Pasadena Black History Parade. Down the Parade route, the Honor Band will perform an inspirational medley of "Here Comes the Sun" and "I Can See Clearly Now," as well as the honor band's theme song, "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and a swinging version of "Hakuna Matata." Dressed in red military-style jackets with the Tournament of Roses logo on the left chest, white pants, white shoes and red shako with white plumes, Parade viewers can expect singing and dancing along the way.
Director: Kyle Luck
THE PELLA MARCHING DUTCH
The Pella Marching Dutch band was established in 1937 as an all-inclusive school band, their innovative show designs, excellent musical command and outstanding marching technique have earned them numerous first-place awards. The City of Pella has established a community built on Dutch customs and the band’s historic tradition is second to none in the state of Iowa, finishing first or second in every competition since 1978! Spanning more than 80 years, the Marching Dutch has seen generations of participants, the current ensemble has parents and grandparents who have marched in the band.
Directors: Dameon Place & Gabe Schott
ROCKFORD HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND
The Rockford Marching Band is the largest competitive band in the State of Michigan, with nearly 275 students performing. The marching band started competing in 2005 and found immediate success, qualifying for State Finals in their first attempt and every year since. More tahn 40 percent of their band students are also athletes, which is rare for a school of their size and population. Instead of making students choose between athletics and marching band, the school limits their extra-curricular rehearsals so they can successfully participate in both. The Rockford Marching Band’s first national spotlight was at the 97th Rose Parade in 1986 and the program has long been considered one of the strongest and most cohesive band programs in Michigan, dating back to the 1970s.
Director: Brian Phillips ROSEMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND
The Rosemount High School Marching Band is the largest competitive marching band in the state of Michigan and is supported by an active band booster organization, a supportive community, school and school district. The Rosemount community is proud of its Irish heritage and strives to live the values of the "Irish Way" which include community, empathy, compassion, gratitude, acceptance, integrity, honesty, respect and perseverance. The marching band at Rosemount High School is part of a comprehensive instrumental music program involving nearly 500 students actively engaged in six concert bands, three jazz ensembles, jazz improvisation, percussion ensemble, winter color guard, winter drum line, music composition, numerous small ensembles and a rigorous private lesson program. This is the second time the band will perform in the Rose Parade, the first was in 2013.
Director: Leon J. Sieve
THE SALVATION ARMY TOURNAMENT OF ROSES BAND
The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band is marching in the Rose Parade for the 103rd consecutive year, providing band members fulfillment through musical excellence with spiritual purpose. They will once again have a “band within a band,” with The Salvation Army Band from South Korea joining them as a special guest ensemble. The band you will see making its way down Colorado Boulevard is made up of Salvation Army musicians from across the globe, meeting for the first time during the week of the Parade! With their 35 marching timbrellists, flags and uplifting music, spectators can expect to see them entertaining along the parade route.
Director: Kevin Larsson
SPARTAN "LEGION" MARCHING BAND
Representing Norfolk State University, the Spartan “Legion” Marching Band’s recognizable music selections sound mighty and balanced, boasting a huge brass sound and driving percussion that utilizes three marching styles: the glide step, the 45-degree leg lift and the 90-degree leg lift. This big sound also supports a unique and precise flag line and impressive dance line driven by a strong fundamental fusion of jazz and modern dance. The band’s uniforms are reminiscent of the legendary 300 Spartan Warriors, including a protective guard auxiliary unit and shiny gold helmets, and the drum major helmets are replicas of the original Spartan Warrior design. The Spartan “Legion” Marching Band is known for its unique look, choreography and marching style, earning the title of No. 1 ranked HBCU Band by ESPN.
Director: William Beathea TAIPEI FIRST GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, HONOR GUARD AND COLOR GUARD
Established in 1959, the Taipei First Girls High School Marching Band includes 45 Honor Guards, 10 Color Guards and 15 assistant teachers. The band has won numerous national and international awards and participates each year at Taiwan’s National Flag Raising ceremony. To remain in the band, all members must maintain high academic grades, resulting in a 98 percent admission rate to four-year colleges. The 2023 Rose Parade will be the third appearance of the Taipei First Girls High School Marching Band. The late Master H.F. Bee directed the band for nearly 50 years and led them in the 1996 and 2005 Rose Parades.
Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Director: Sheng Yi Lai
TRIUGGIO MARCHING BAND
Founded in 2004, the Triuggio Marching Band was one of the first marching bands in Italy. The goal of the group is to continually improve both musically and as people. They believe in the education of their members by staying connected and inviting instructors from Great Britain and the Netherlands. The band is composed of 60 people, teenagers and young adults who are deeply motivated by the spirit of fellowship, friendship and performing together. Their repertoire includes pop songs, rock songs, movie soundtracks and classical pieces.
Triuggio, Monza and Brianza, Italy
Director: Paolo Colombo UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WEST COAST COMPOSITE BAND
The United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band is a combined military band composed of U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division Band, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and Marine Band San Diego. Donning the dress blue uniform, these marine musicians are fully combat trained, and many have completed military tours overseas. To become a musician in the Marine Corps, recruits go through an extensive audition process and extra schooling. Although these bands perform individually more than 300 times a year, the Rose Parade is the only event that brings these elite musicians together at the same time.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and Camp Pendleton, California
Director: CWO4 Andres Navarro
VISTA RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL RANGER MARCHING BAND
Vista Ridge was the Bands of America finalist, selected from the Grand Nationals competition to perform in the 2023 Rose Parade. They are an award-winning marching band comprised of All-Region band students, All-State band and orchestra students and First Division soloists. The band is known for their on-field, competitive performances that feature music from Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky to Philip Glass, Adelle and Imagen Heap. Vista Ridge High School Ranger Band members continue to flourish individually as Ridge Scholars, National Merit finalists, State Science Fair award winners and National Honors Society students. Vista Ridge High School is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has enjoyed a culture of excellence, compassion and service to others since its inception.
Cedar Park, Texas
Director: Bryan Christian
WISCONSIN NORTHWOODS MARCHING BAND
The Wisconsin Northwoods Marching Band is a composite band of eight high schools across north central Wisconsin. This first-of-a-kind composite band was the idea of 2023 Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Amy Wainscott, a native of Wisconsin. She contacted her alma mater, Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, with an idea for a marching band to represent the small towns she calls home. Schools marching in the Rose Parade include Lakeland High School, Northland Pines High School, Three Lakes High School, Merrill High School, Antigo High School, Wausau East High School, DC Everest High School and Mosinee High School. Leading up to the Rose Parade, band members came together for rehearsals once a month and will wear their school band uniforms creating a mixed, rainbow effect.
Director: William Richter