Annual bands – Part 1

Among each year’s contingent of Rose Parade marching bands, there are a few that are invited back year after year. For the Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, 2014 will mark its 95th year of participation. Now that’s tradition! Wearing signature red jackets and led by some thirty tambourine players, the band uses the Rose Parade to enhance visibility of the Salvation Army’s mission to meet human needs.

The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band

The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band

Its annual red kettle campaign, started in 1891, helps feed millions of people during the holiday season, reaching people as far away as Korea, Japan and Chile. Coming up in just a couple of weeks is another annual fundraising event: National Donut Day on June 7. The Salvation Army started this program during the Great Depression to commemorate the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army members who provided writing supplies, stamps, home-cooked meals and – of course – donuts for soldiers on the front lines during World War I.

PCC Tournament of Roses Honor Band

PCC Tournament of Roses Honor Band with Band Director Kyle Luck, front

Though its participation isn’t quite as long-standing as the Salvation Army’s, the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band is no slouch – it will be making its 85th Rose Parade appearance when New Year’s Day 2014 rolls around. In addition to PCC Lancer Marching Band members, this group includes high school musicians from all over Southern California who audition for the opportunity to be part of a band that consistently impresses the crowds on Colorado Boulevard and couches all over the world.

A subset of the Honor Band, the Herald Trumpets is a super-skilled group of nine trumpet players and a snare drummer bestowed the honor of introducing the Royal Court. The competition for these prestigious positions is especially tough, with more than 80 trumpeters and 50 percussionists under consideration. Sporting white berets and rose-embroidered capes, they perform unique compositions at a variety of events, “heralding” the arrival of the Rose Queen and Princesses at a number of appearance prior to January 1 and then, of course, as the Macy*s float rolls down the parade route with the Royal Court waving to all.

The Herald Trumpets

The Herald Trumpets

What’s your favorite annual Rose Parade tradition?

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From the President: Visiting Our 2014 Marching Bands

Each year, it is a tradition for the Tournament President to visit the selected marching bands prior to the upcoming Rose Parade. The intent is to further emphasize just how special it is to be invited to Pasadena for New Year’s Day, and to help with fundraising for the travel and accommodations costs. Special events and media interviews are usually part of the visit to help raise awareness and motivate the local community to support the band in this milestone opportunity.

As of the end of April, I have already visited four of the 20 outstanding bands that will participate in the 2014 Rose Parade. I hope the visits have been beneficial to them; I think they were. They most certainly were beneficial to me. My wife Cindy and I have been treated like royalty as the representatives of an iconic event that people everywhere hold in such high esteem. We’ve been given the chance to learn so much about the dedicated students who will make the trip to Pasadena; the parents and other adults who nurture and encourage them to be their very best; the incredible schools that remain committed to music as part of the education experience; and the community members who rally together to help make the march down Colorado Boulevard a reality. Presenting a Tournament of Roses flag caps every visit, and I can tell you first hand, it is just as special to be the person giving it as it is for the school to receive it. Again and again, for everyone involved, “Dreams Come True.”

– Scott Jenkins

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Deadline for Equestrian Entry Applications is May 15, 2013

Horses have been part of the Rose Parade since the beginning, with equines pulling flower-decorated carriages on New Year’s Day 1890, when the Valley Hunt Club launched its publicity effort to showcase the beautiful winter weather in Southern California. Even as motorized vehicles began to appear in 1901, horses were still integral to the Tournament’s festivities and today remain the favorite aspect of many parade fans (maybe you?).

Horses played a key role in the very first Rose Parade in 1890.

Horses played a key role in the very first Rose Parade in 1890.

For the 2014 Rose Parade, 15 equestrian units will be selected to present their unique style of entertainment. The deadline for consideration is just around the corner, May 15, so if you or someone you know has an outstanding group that can wow the crowd with inspiring showmanship, eye-catching costumes and dramatic tack, make sure an application is submitted soon. Spectacular tricks and stunts are also appreciated!

The Valley Hunt Club still participates in the parade it started. In 2013, representatives rode in a 1868 C.P. Kimball and Company Park Drag Carriage pulled by four Friesian horses.

The Valley Hunt Club still participates in the parade it started. In 2013,
representatives rode in a 1868 C.P. Kimball and Company Park Drag Carriage
pulled by four Friesian horses.

From very tall Shires to American Miniatures, the Tournament also makes an effort to include a range of different horses among its equestrian participants. Gypsy Cobs and Percherons, Arabians and Aztecas, Curlies and Quarter Horses have all made the slow trot down Colorado Boulevard, as have Mustangs, Paints, Paso Finos, Andalusians and many others.

Rope tricks by the Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team impress the crowd at Equestfest.

Rope tricks by the Hermanos Bañuelos Charro Team impress the crowd at Equestfest.

In addition to the parade itself, the selected equestrian units participate in the popular Equestfest event, presented by our friends at Wells Fargo. This year, it will take place on December 29 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. An open paddock lets you get up-close and personal with the horses and riders, and the performances, with drill maneuvers like Shoot the Arrow, Pinwheel and the Whip, plus rope tricks like the Flat Loop, the Wave and the Texas Skip will surely bring out the western in you. Will you be there?

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Tournament Volunteers Perk Up Local Parks

Three parks in Pasadena are about to get a good sprucing-up, courtesy of Tournament volunteer members and  Miracle-Gro, the Tournament’s Official Rose and Flower Care Company. This Saturday, May 4, shovels will hit the dirt at Brenner Park, Hamilton Park and Robinson Park and the result will be new plants and trees, along with Miracle-Gro products to help them thrive. The effort, dubbed “White Suits Green Thumbs,” is a community service effort the Tournament devised to engage its members in a way that would benefit the city as well as its residents and visitors alike. Our friends at Miracle-Gro are happy to join in the effort, providing a whopping 19,500 square feet of mulch and other products to help get the soil and new additions – everything from Kangaroo paw and Sticky Monkey Flower to Woolly Blue Curls and Snow-in-summer – off to a healthy start. The Tournament and Miracle-Gro have also made a combined monetary contribution of $37,000 toward the improvement of these parks.

By the way, Miracle-Gro is also the Presenting Sponsor of Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats, where you’ll be able to see all of the parade’s floral-decorated masterpieces on January 1 and 2.

This beautification project is just one component of the Tournament’s special activities as we approach our landmark anniversaries in 2014. Tournament Times will keep you up to date on other celebratory plans as the year marches on.

Central Park will be undergoing an even bigger transformation. Stay tuned for more information when that project kicks off later in the year – the final results will be unveiled in October!

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Tournament Times: Official Updates from the Tournament of Roses

Welcome to “Tournament Times.” This is the place to stay up to date about the Tournament’s activities and what to expect in the upcoming Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and BCS Championship. Tournament President Scott Jenkins will share some of his perspectives and we’ll have brief reports about all of the floats, marching bands and equestrian units. Please check back often for the latest information about New Year’s Day 2014 and everything leading up to it.

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