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Bands in the 2014 Rose Parade: Part 4, from Alaska to Panama

Homewood Patriot Band in the 2014 Rose Parade
Homewood Patriot Band in the 2014 Rose Parade
Ramona Monteros

The six remaining bands in this series of four articles on the 2014 Rose Parade bands were placed so closely together in the last quarter of the parade that it was difficult to set up shots, but that doesn’t take away from the amazing artistry and musicianship these youngsters exhibited.

The bands hail from as far north as Alaska with the only marching band in the state, Colony High School Knights, and as far south as Panama with Banda de Música Herberto López from Colegio José Daniel Crespo. Other bands are Carmel Ind. High School Marching Greyhounds, Homewood Ala. Patriot Band, St. Augustine High School Marching “100” from New Orleans, and McQueen High School Lancer Band from Reno, Nev.

Band aficionados can check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 in this column. The photo list attached to this article has more information about each band.

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Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds
Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds Ramona Monteros

Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds

This 244-piece band from Carmel (CAR-muhl), Indiana made its Rose Parade debut in 2014. It has previously participated in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and parades, field shows and concerts throughout the United States and Europe. It has won numerous awards, most recently in 2012 as the Bands of America Grand National Champion, Indiana State Champion, Winter Guard International World Class Champion, Winter Guard Indiana State Champion and Indiana Concert Band State Champion. Carmel High School was established in 1887 and is one of the oldest continuously operating schools in the state of Indiana. Chris Kreke directs, with assistant directors Michael Pote, Andrew Cook and Kyle Young. The four drum majors are Vincent Maggioli, Sarina Allison, Grace Hahn and Jack Denger.

Homewood Patriot Band
Homewood Patriot Band Ramona Monteros

Homewood Patriot Band

The Star Spangled Girls lead the 320-member Patriot Band from Homewood, Ala. with director Ron Pence, 10 assistant directors, and drum majors Elizabeth Hale, Sarah Hale, Robert Maples and Bennett Valentine. The group has previously appeared in the Rose Parade in 2009, 2003 and 1984, eight Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades, and both the 1989 and 2001 Presidential Inauguration parades. It has performed in England, Ireland, and throughout the United States.

Marching revolutionaries
Marching revolutionaries Ramona Monteros

Marching revolutionaries

With a name like Patriots, it makes sense that the uniform should be modified Revolutionary War attire in red, white and blue with tri-cornered hats. The uniform lady, Ana Laura Burton has been a “band mom” since 1972, and at age 84 still inspects all the uniforms and makes sure they fit properly. The Homewood Patriot Band consists of three concert bands, three percussion ensembles, jazz band, color guard, winter guard and the Star Spangled Girls. It had a set of triplets and a set of twins marching in the Rose Parade.

Across the Panama Canal
Across the Panama Canal Ramona Monteros

Across the Panama Canal

The largest band in Panama with 258 members, Banda de Música Herberto López Colegio José Daniel Crespo from Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panamá is also the first band to cross the Panama Canal by ship while playing a concert. Some numbers: 10 percent of students at the school are in the marching band, 93 percent have never been to America before, and 80 percent have never left Panama before.

Dancers bring local color
Dancers bring local color Ramona Monteros

Dancers bring local color

Dancers wear traditional garments and headwear of the Panamanian culture. The tourism ministry designated the Banda de Música Herberto López as a cultural ambassador of Panama in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the South Sea. After participating in a national council where the president of Panama and all the ministers of state were present, the band received more than $450,000 in donations in one day.

Nothing but Millennials
Nothing but Millennials Ramona Monteros

Nothing but Millennials

All the musical directors of the Banda de Música Herberto López are under 25 years of age. Director Irving Rodríguez Bernal is the youngest bandleader in Panama at age 24. He is assisted by Reynaldo Centella and drum major Yolanda Altamiranda. The uniforms are traditional military garb, which have been used throughout the 46-year history of the secondary school.

100 Purple Knights
100 Purple Knights Ramona Monteros

100 Purple Knights

St. Augustine High School Marching “100” from New Orleans, La. first appeared in the Rose Parade in 2002. This year’s entry is a fulfilment of a vow current director Jeffery C. Herbert made to himself he came with his college band, Southern University, years ago. The band has performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and for Pope John Paul II and eight American presidents as well as in commercials, parades and sporting events throughout the country. Assistant directors are Donald Neveu and Eddie Williams and drum majors are Lebron Joseph, Jared Jefferson, Michael Clark and Terrell Allen.

Integrating Mardi Gras
Integrating Mardi Gras Ramona Monteros

Integrating Mardi Gras

The Marching “100” considers one of its most important achievements to be integrating the Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans. Before 1968, all the Mardi Gras parades were segregated; it was the first African-American band to march in an all-white parade. “At that time they endured many indignities, but heads held high, high stepping and faces forwards, the Marching ‘100’made it possible for all the African American bands to participate in the Mardi Gras parades today,” the press information states. The band has led 11 Mardi Gras parades, including two in one day and was the first African-American band to perform in the Rex Mardi Gras Parade. The uniform is deep purple pants and jackets with gold lamè overlay and cape, gold helmets with purple plumes, white gloves and white bucks with red soles.

Rose Parade in the blood
Rose Parade in the blood Ramona Monteros

Rose Parade in the blood

The McQueen High School Lancer Band from Reno, Nev. has a family history to go with it. Director Rick Moffit follows in his father’s footsteps, who brought the Michigan State band to Pasadena for the 1966 parade and Rose Bowl Game. The younger Moffit has taught bands which came to the parade in 1995, 1999, 2004, and the McQueen band in 2009. Drum majors Charmaine Cruz, Taryn Goddard and Anna Sondgroth lead the 146-member unit. Twenty-four percent of the school’s students are enrolled in music programs at McQueen. Uniforms are blue waistcoats with silver holographic sequins, West Point shakos and black pants.

THEE Northern Sound
THEE Northern Sound Ramona Monteros

THEE Northern Sound

Coming from Palmer, Alaska, a town of less than 6,000, the Colony High School Knights Marching Band “THEE Northern Sound” is the only marching band in the 49th state and was the smallest band in the Rose Parade at 79 members. Due to the expense of traveling outside Alaska, THEE Northern Sound is only able to perform out-of-state every two or three years, but it’s made good use of the time. In its nine-year history, it has performed at the 2006 National Independence Day Parade, 2009 Inauguration and 2009 Sugar Bowl. Individual members have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade and in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Hawaii. The director is Jamin L. Burton and drum majors are Thomas Soto and Emma German. The black uniform with green and silver slashed jacket is inspired by uniforms worn by cavaliers.