Colorful uniforms add impact and crowd-pleasing eye candy to marching bands. Two excellent examples in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade were Hawai'i All State Marching Band Na Koa Ali'i, based in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Liberty High School Grenadier Band from Bethlehem, Penn.
Students from 40 high schools participate in the 366-member Hawai'i All State Marching Band Na Koa Ali'i. They come from both public and private schools, with 67 percent from the island of Oahu, 14 percent from Maui, 11 percent from Kauai and 8 percent from Hawaii. The unit is let by directors John Riggle and Kerry Wasano, assistant directors Henry Fu, Randy Skaggs and Catherine Paleka, and drum major Aubrey Fortuno. Previous Rose Parade appearances were in 2003 and 2008.
The 249-member Grenadier unit wears British uniforms replication Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards, with red military jackets, black busbys, and colorful kilts. The band has had only four directors since its inception in 1926, and two—current director Long and second director Ron Sherry—are alumni of the program. Previous Rose Parade appearance was in 2009.
The remaining bands in the 2014 Rose Parade are profiled in three other articles. Subscribe to Tournament of Roses Examiner by clicking the "Subscribe" link to be notified as articles are posted.
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