Join the Parade!
North Carolina Central University’s Marching Sound Machine band was a surprise selection for the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Under the directorship of Jorim E. Reid, these upstarts will take part in the famous New Year’s Day parade, considered to be one of this country’s triple crown of marching band honors.
“There is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Trophy for most outstanding college or university band, and the Tournament of Roses Parade,” said Reid. “The Rose Parade was in my 15-year plan. I didn’t intend to submit an application for another seven years!”
But Reid’s success in producing trailblazing performances, particularly at the band’s exciting appearances at the annual Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, Ga., gained the attention of Rose Parade officials. They approached him and asked him to apply!
For the Tournament of Roses Parade, bands are selected based on their musicianship, marching ability, and showmanship. Reid emphasizes musicianship above all else. “It's all about their skill as musicians,” said Reid. “We don’t want to blast our audience but rather, engage them with a high quality listening experience.”
Now, the band will ramp up practices and the university will gear up to raise the approximately $2,000 per student it will cost to attend the California events. For the students, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but we need your help. To showcase the Marching Sound Machine’s talent and hard work on one million television screens in the United States and more than a billion around the world, we ask that you send a musician to the parade!
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