It’s our hometown band, that’s why. The Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band gets a whole lot of photoplay in the slideshow with this article. The band has represented both the Tournament of Roses as its official band and Pasadena City College in the Rose Parade for 86 years. It was appropriate that in 2015, for his last ride along Colorado Blvd. as Pasadena mayor, Bill Bogaard was followed by his hometown marchers.
Bogaard became Pasadena’s first elected mayor in May, 1999 and is finishing up his fourth four-year term. Prior to that, he served as mayor from 1984-1986 when the post was rotated among the City Council members. A ubiquitous figure in Pasadena, he appears at events ranging from formal civic functions to cutting the Happy Birthday Pasadena cake to Tournament of Roses receptions, and of course, has a place of honor (always in a classy ride) in the Rose Parade. Check out the suggested links below for just a few articles on this beloved man.
The Mayor and his wife Claire, accompanied by Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson and guest, rode in a 1940 Lincoln Mark I provided by Jerry Furrey for the 126th Tournament of Roses. The car was one of 54 built that year from a concept by Edsel Ford. It was decorated by FTD florists.
The Tournament of Roses Honor Band is comprised of PCC Lancer Marching Band members and exceptional high school musicians from throughout Southern California. More than 600 high school students audition each year for approximately 200 plus spots in the 300-member band. Kyle Luck, an alumnus of PCC and the Honor Band, is the band director, assisted by Dr. Alyson McLamore, Asst. Director; Tad Carpenter, Percussion Director; Dr. Deborah Seeley, Pageantry Director.
The Honor Band is the only unit to perform at all three Bandfest performances. In a touching tribute to Grand Marshal Louis Zamperini, the band played his favorite song, “Amazing Grace.” The set included their theme song “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” pieces showcasing the drum section and Herald Trumpets and a swing version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” A crowd favorite was “Lost in Trek,” a medley of themes from Sci-Fi hits including Twilight Zone, Star Wars, The Jetsons, ET, Superman, Lost in Space, The Wizard of Oz, and licks from “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek.
For links to all articles about the 2015 Rose Parade “Inspiring Stories” winners, bookmark “A book with chapters: The 2015 Rose Parade in photos and words.” For the trophy winners, read “Rose Parade floats 2015: Who won in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade.” Please post comments on Facebook at All Things Rose Parade.