Annual Bands – Part 2

In addition to the Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and the PCC Herald Trumpets – featured last month in Tournament Times – there are two more bands that are annually part of the Rose Parade.

Each New Year’s Day, the United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band members don their dress blue uniforms and march in perfect step down Colorado Boulevard. The band is made up of three Southern California Marine Bands and while those three bands individually perform over 300 times a year, the Rose Parade is the only event that brings them together as a single performance unit. Each member is fully combat-trained, and many have completed tours of duty in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band

Bandfest allows participating groups to incorporate elements that wouldn’t work at all during the parade, like the U.S. Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band’s recreation of the raising of the American flag at Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

The Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band will make its 40th Rose Parade appearance on January 1, 2014. Band Director Anthony White, who marched in the band in 1985 as a student, leads the distinctive-sounding group, made up of only brass and percussion instruments accompanied by drum majors, flag bearers and banner carriers. Student musicians from all over the nation’s second-largest school district have to be recommended by their instructors; since the band’s inception, over 12,000 students have participated.

LAUSD All District High School Honor Band

The LAUSD All District High School Honor Band has only brass and percussion musicians.

In addition to pleasing the crowds lining the parade route, the Marine Corps and LAUSD bands perform at one of three Bandfest events each year. At Pasadena City College’s Robinson stadium, Bandfest gives these groups – and all of the year’s marching bands – the chance to show off additional field show skills and incorporate performance elements that would be difficult to showcase while keeping a steady 2.5-mile-per-hour pace. Of course, making that 105-degree turn from Orange Grove Boulevard onto Colorado Boulevard is no easy feat itself!

What is your favorite marching band memory, either from watching the Rose Parade or as a musician yourself?

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College Football’s Post-Season Future

Unveiling the 100th Rose Bowl Game logo and trophy weren’t the only big announcements that took place during the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) meetings in Pasadena this April. Additional information about the future of college football and the new playoff system were also revealed, providing insight into what’s in store for the sport that so many people love.

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the name of the new postseason format will be the “College Football Playoff.”  It will feature the top four teams as chosen by a yet-to-be-named selection committee. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first national semifinals, which will pair No. 1 against No. 4, and No. 2 against No. 3 on January 1, 2015. The winners of these two games will face off in the first championship game of the new playoff era on Monday, January 12, 2015, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In addition, Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced that the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl will be part of the six-bowl rotation (along with the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl) that will host the College Football Playoff. Each bowl will host a national semifinal once every three years, with the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl hosting in 2016, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Fiesta Bowl hosting in 2017. The national championship game will be held in a different U.S. city each year.

During the April meetings, the College Football Playoff also launched an online contest to determine its official logo. The ‘Gold Football’ design was the clear winner among four options offered, receiving 101,670 votes from fans, student-athletes, coaches and reporters. That represented 38% of all votes cast.

Football fans: what do you think of the new playoff format?

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From the President: Supporting Our Local Communities

Everyone knows – or at least I hope they do! – that the Tournament of Roses Association is responsible for the annual Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game. What people might not know is that the Tournament is also an important supporter of many other San Gabriel Valley-area organizations. Each year, the Tournament Foundation gives $100,000 to local non-profits so they can fulfill their own missions in serving the community. In fact, we just announced our grant recipients for 2013. Twenty-eight different organizations are receiving financial help from us this time, with grant amounts ranging from $1,600 to $7,600. That might not seem like very much money, but for many of these recipients, support from the Tournament represents the ability to activate a new program or continue one that has shown promise.

In addition to the Foundation and the hard work its Board does in selecting qualified and worthy programs for grants, the Tournament’s Government and Community Relations Committee provides support to non-profit organizations for individual events and programs that might fall outside the Foundation’s sphere. In many cases, the Tournament sends members of its Executive Committee or others from among its volunteer ranks to these events in addition to making financial contributions. Receiving a check is certainly meaningful, but having someone present from the Tournament is significant in a different way and is often just as important.

The Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game are famous all over the world. I’m proud to be the president of the association that makes those events possible. I’m equally proud that the Tournament continues to honor and respect its Pasadena heritage by helping other organizations in the area serve the communities right here in our backyards. To be both global and local in influence is evidence again that “Dreams Come True.”

– Scott Jenkins

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