Most marching units wear matching military-style uniforms, and they work hard to raise the money to purchase enough new ones to outfit their bands for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Some wear clothing that reflects their home state or country. But for pure visual impact, it would be hard to surpass the brilliant, iridescent colors of the traditional Korean outfits worn by PAVA World Korean Traditional Marching Band and ancillary units at the 2013 Rose Parade.
Adding to the delight for the eye and ear were dancers in official royal uniforms, flag bearers, and traditional Korean trumpets and drums. Instrumentalists in the Los Angeles-based Samul nori band, which has been in existence for 10 years, wore traditional soldiers’ uniforms and played taepyongso (trumpet), nabal (trombone), kwanggari (small cymbal), bara (cymbal), buk and janggu (drums). The band won “Highlight of the Parade” in the 2011 Hollywood Christmas Parade, but has generally participate only in the Korean festival and other Korean community events.
The PAVA entry was made up of 200 members of all ages, with 17 leaders, 32 drum majors, 35 brass, 12 flag bearers, 24 percussion, 26 dancers, 24 woodwinds, 10 banner carriers, two color guard and eight parade assistants. Groups have performed separately in the past, but the Rose Parade was the first time all the groups were assembled as a unit.
Feast your eyes on the stunning photos in the slideshow attached to this article.
Personnel included Mija Kim, director; Sungpyo Ma, Chaewoo Rhim, David Yoon, Holly Choe, Esther Lee, Sun Kyeon Kim, Soo Hee Lee, assistant directors; Janggoo, Buk, Bara, Jing, Kwaengkari drum majors; Rebecca Y. Kim, Brian Jun, unit leaders.
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