This is the third in a series of slideshows featuring marching units in the 2013 Rose Parade. Links to the other articles can be found in the “Suggested by author” section.
The road to the Rose Parade is not always easy. There is, of course, the need to raise funds to transport and house 150 to 300 musicians, directors and chaperones to Pasadena an cover special trips to places such as Disneyland and Universal Studios. But sometimes the challenges include communicating with fellow band members who speak a different language or overcoming tragedy.
The 2013 Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby told us in an interview about double whammy that hit New Jersey’s Jackson Memorial High School Jaguar Band just a few weeks prior to the Rose Parade. Two sisters, one the flag captain and the other the head of the color guard, were killed in a car crash on Oct. 9, 2012. That tragedy was followed by Superstorm Sandy, which made landfall on the shore where the band director lived. But they picked themselves up and made it to Pasadena on Jan. 1.
Another band overcame a happier challenge. The East-West Fusion All-Star Band combined Beijing No. 57 High School and Valley Christian School in San Jose, Calif. The two groups first came together in April, 2012 when the Valley Christian marching band traveled to Beijing to rehearse with No. 57 High School. Bixby and her husband were there meet the kids. The one group spoke no English, the other no Chinese, Bixby told us, “but when we left, the trumpets were hanging with the trumpets, the drummers with the drummers.”
Photos of these two bands are in the slideshow attached to this article, along with pictures of Lassiter High School Marching Trojan Band from Marietta, Georgia.; Davis High Marching Band from Kaysville, Utah; The Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band from MOC-Floyd Valley Senior High School in Orange City, Iowa, complete with wooden shoes; Morgantown High School Red and Blue Marching Band from Morgantown, West Virginia; Sioux Falls Lincoln “Patriot” Marching Band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota; All-Izumo Honor Green Band, comprised of band members from four of the high schools in Izumo-City, Japan and representing Victorville, Calif.
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