It takes tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a band from Ohio or Hawaii or Texas or—yes—Denmark to Pasadena in time for the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. For all the time spent fundraising and the hours upon hours of rehearsal, the bands get more than a walk down Colorado Blvd. They get to show off their precision marching and fantastic flags at Bandfest in the days prior to the Rose Parade.
Bandfest consists of three shows over two days, Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. The performance schedule is below. Tickets are available for $15 per show from the Sharp Seating website, over the phone at (626) 795-4171, or at the venue if they are not sold out. Children under age 5 are free. The performance schedule is below.
Shows are on Robinson Field at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., and there’s plenty of free parking in Parking Structure 4 off Del Mar Ave. Each visitor is given a souvenir drum pad and stick to accompany the giant Remo drums that provide preshow entertainment. Food trucks will be parked around the facility, and there are several restaurants and fast food places on the north side of Colorado Blvd. across from the college. There are also eateries in the surrounding area within walking distance.
Different bands play at each performance. The only unit that plays at all three is the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band led by Kyle Luck. It’s suggested that you wear sunblock and bring water, as the stadium does not have much shade. It can get quite warm during the day and cool as it gets into evening.
Monday, December 29, 2014
1:00 pm Gates Open, Remo pre-show drum-along
1:30 pm Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets
1:55 pm Robert E. Lee High School Mighty Rebel Band, Midland, Texas
2:15 pm Walton High School Marching Raider Band, Marietta, Ga.
2:35 pm Cypress High School Centurion Imperial Brigade, Cypress, Calif.
2:55 pm Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band, Harrisburg, Pa.
3:15 pm The Tournament of Roses Salvation Army Band, Los Angeles, Calif.
3:35 pm Delfines Marching Band, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
9:00 am Gates Open, Remo pre-show drum-along
9:30 am Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets
9:55 am Round Rock High School Dragon Band. Round Rock, Texas
10:15 am Lakota West High School Marching Firebirds, West Chester, Ohio
10:35 am Helsinger Pipegarde Elsinore Girls Marching Band, Hornbaeck, Denmark
10:55 am Temple City High School, Temple City, Calif.
11:15 am O’Fallon High School Township Marching Panthers, O’Fallon, Ill.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
1:30 pm Gates Open, Remo pre-show drum-along
2:00 pm Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets
2:25 pm Los Angeles Unified School District Honor Band, Los Angeles, Calif.
2:45 pm Koriyama Honor Green Band, Koriyama, Japan
3:05 pm Maui High School “Saber” Marching Band, Kahulhi, Hawaii
3:25 pm Legacy High School Marching Band, Broomfield, Colo.
3:45 pm Blue Springs High School The Golden Regiment Marching Band, Blue Springs, Mo.
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