This is the fourth 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.
Sometimes, marching band is just a fun thing to do in high school or maybe it’s the only diversion in town and is well-supported by taxpayers and parents. Sometimes, it’s a way of keeping at-risk kids out of trouble and encouraging their academics on a shoestring.
The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders from New Orleans demonstrates the Tournament’s dedication to bringing the best bands to the Rose Parade, regardless of economic status. “They are playing their hearts out,” 2013 Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby commented to us. Readers can find more about the band, an interview with director of the afterschool program Derrick Tabb in the article “Roots of Music Marching Crusaders.”
Banda El Salvador came to the 2008 Rose Parade on buses, unable to raise the money to fly. They started the 3,000 mile, four-day trip on Christmas Day, 2007. For the 2013 parade, the band received funding from committees of Salvadorans in California, Maryland and Alberta and brought along cheerleaders, folk dancers and Mayan princesses in gorgeous costumes.
Since the expenses of a trip to Pasadena with so many musicians, uniforms, instruments, and chaperones can be enormous, TOR presidents visit the bands to assist in fundraising efforts, giving interviews to local media and doing whatever they can to create visibility of the fundraising efforts.
Photos of these two bands are in the attached slideshow, along with Bands of America Honor Band; Aguiluchos Marching Band from Puebla, Mexico; Seminole High School Warhawk Marching Band from Seminole, Fla.; and Lafayette Band “Pride of the Bluegrass” from Lexington, Ky.
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