Some comments from our applicants

The opportunity to march and play in the most famous parade in the country—perhaps the world—is creating excitement across the country!

“...awesome...”

“...a cherished memory...”

“...life-long dream...”

This would be an awesome opportunity and a huge dream to participate in the amazing Rose Parade.

Jill Griffin, Band Director,

Father McDinvey Catholic High School

“...life-long dream...”

“...a cherished memory...”

“...life-long dream...”

“One day I dream of bringing my band to perform at the Rose Parade. It is a life-long dream just to watch the Rose Parade live. I never thought I would have the chance to march in it! This would be an amazing dream come true! Nothing excites me more than marching band competitions and parades!

Gretchen Bennett, Band Director, Benton High School

“...a cherished memory...”

“...a cherished memory...”

“...a cherished memory...”

“The Rose Parade is a cherished memory of my childhood. Growing up in a musician’s home, I truly love and cherish the memories I have of attending the parade and camping out overnight on the streets of Pasadena with my dad, who grew up in Whittier.”  

Eric deWeber, Fine Arts Director, Boca Raton Christian School

“...pay it forward...”

“...a career highlight...”

“...a cherished memory...”

“I would love the opportunity to pay it forward for the band director community.”  

Sean DeLong, Director of Bands, Ontario Local Schools

“...a career highlight...”

“...a career highlight...”

“...a career highlight...”

My daughter marched with the OSUMB in this year's Rose Parade and it certainly was the experience of a lifetime. Marching in this parade myself would certainly be quite a career highlight. Thank you for your consideration.” 

Jennifer Mollenkopf, Director of Bands, East Palestine City Schools

“...one of my goals...”

“...a career highlight...”

“...a career highlight...”

“It has been one of my goals to perform in the Rose Parade.

Michael Leone, Director of Bands, Gardner South Wilmington High School

“...a once in a lifetime event to have both of us...”

“...a once in a lifetime event to have both of us...”

“...a once in a lifetime event to have both of us...”

“My own son will also be marching in the Tournament of Roses Honor Band.  It’s a once in a lifetime event to have both of us marching in the same Rose Parade.

Kelly Leyva, Band Director, Lone Hill Middle School