This is the second 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.
Every Rose Parade mixes new marching units with bands that have appeared several times, but only four bands are invited back every year, along with the winners of the Los Angeles County Fair and Bands of America competitions.
The annual invitees are US Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, with its Mounted Color Guard; Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band; Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band; Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band.
The only remaining Mounted Color Guard in the Marine Corps today is traditionally the first equestrian unit in the Rose Parade, paired with the US Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band. The horses, in black English tack, are palomino wild mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management Adopt a Horse program and most are named after famous battles: Iwo Jima, Tripoli, Desert Storm, Soissons, Okinawa, Bodfish. The color guard is stationed at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Calif., and performs throughout the United States.
The 120-piece band in Marine dress blue is accompanied by 14 Marines wearing uniforms that represent eras dating from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The composite band incorporates three Marine bands from Southern California, all of which perform separately hundreds of times a year. Several of the members have done tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, or both.
The official band of the Rose Parade, the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band is comprised of the PCC Lancer Band and 149 high schoolers representing 73 Southern California Schools. The band plays all custom arrangements and has made 84 consecutive appearances in the Rose Parade. The 225-member unit includes banner carriers, color guard, and a majorette. Nine PCC trumpet players and one snare drummer are selected to herald the Rose Queen and Royal Court; they can be seen in this article “9 photos of the Rose Parade Royal Court.”
The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, with its red jackets and tambourine players, is a crowd favorite. The group has marched in 93 Rose Parades. The 180-member brass band was culled from various groups in Southern California, as well as two young musicians from of the Army's 56 divisions across the US and Canada. The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in England. It is an international movement and an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church.
At 358 members strong, the Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band is the largest of the six bands, and is made up only of brass and percussion for maximum sound impact. It has appeared in 39 consecutive Rose Parades. The band has performed at high profile venues and events, such as Disneyland, the Greek Theater, the Coca Cola Centennial Parade, Super Bowls, World Series games and more. Small groups of 20 to 25 musicians are sometimes split off to play special events. Woodwind players in LAUSD are allowed to try out for the PCC Tournament of Roses Honor Band.
The winner of the 2011 Los Angeles County Fair Band Competition, which came with a slot in the 2013 Rose Parade, was BOSS (Bands of Santiago Sharks). The instrumental program at Santiago High School in Corona is made up of three concert bands, three jazz big bands, several jazz combos and chamber ensembles, a drumline, a championship marching band and a championship color guard. The Rose Parade unit marched 275 members. The Fanfare that the band performed, "Fair Fanfare," was composed for the BOSS by band director Joe Dudek. This is The BOSS's first appearance in the Rose Parade, but for the past 10 years, members of the Santiago Marching band have auditioned for and won opportunities to march in Rose Parades with the PCC Tournament of Roses Honor Band.
The Pride of Broken Arrow from Broken Arrow, Okla., won the Grand Championship in the Bands of America competition in 2011. The band also won that competition in 2001 and 2006, and has received the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield. The Broken Arrow Band program consists of five middle schools, two intermediate high schools (9th and 10th grades) and one senior high school. The senior high and intermediate schools each have three concert bands that meet daily and focus only on concert repertoire. The marching band is a volunteer organization that is open for audition to anyone in the 9th through the 12th grades. There are 291 members in the marching unit.
Like this story?
Like All Things Rose Parade on Facebook or subscribe to Tournament of Roses Examiner by clicking the "Subscribe" link. If you have a question or would like a reply to your comment, please post on All Things Rose Parade or email me at email@example.com