The president of the Tournament of Roses Parade visited with the Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band March 7 to congratulate them on being selected to march in the Jan. 1 Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Lance Tibbet discussed the history of the parade, the prestige of being chosen and this year’s theme, “Making a Difference.”
The band will perform for more than 700,000 spectators in Pasadena Jan. 1 and a worldwide TV audience in excess of 60 million.
The selection committee for the Rose Parade cited the band’s dedication to excellence as a key factor in its decision. Band co-director John Burn expressed his appreciation for the students and the community.
“The entire community can take pride in this tremendous honor,” Burn said. “This selection is the result of hard work and commitment by our incredible student musicians, and the generous support of families and businesses throughout the school district that have made it possible. I couldn’t be more proud of what our community has accomplished.”
The Homestead High marching band previously performed in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Super Bowl 50 NFL Fan Zone in 2016.
More than 400 students participate in the Homestead music program, which includes four concert bands, four choirs, two orchestras, a jazz ensemble, a jazz choir, a winter percussion group, a winter color guard, an Advanced Placement music theory class and a tech-focused music appreciation class.
“All of us associated with this music program are so fortunate,” said band co-director Eric Weingartner. “Our students are willing and eager to put in the effort needed to accomplish great things, and the financial support from our community is amazing. Our musical groups have traveled from Austria to Australia, and Tokyo to Carnegie Hall, performing and experiencing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.”
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