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8 SCV students march in 2014 Rose Parade

High schoolers chosen as part of honor band for 125th New Year's Day tradition

Posted: January 1, 2014 7:29 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2014 7:29 p.m.

West Ranch High School junior Emma Lee, in front with the white flag, marches as part of the Tournament of Roses Honor Band during the 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Wednesday. This was Lee's second year participating in the New Year's Day tradition. Photo courtesy of Lynda Lee.

For West Ranch High School junior Emma Lee and seven other local high school students picked to participate in this year’s Rose Bowl Parade, the event was something they will always remember.

Eight local high school marching band musicians marched in the 2014 Rose Parade on Wednesday, having been chosen for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band.

Most of those hand-picked to participate in one of America’s biggest and most respected traditions were from Saugus High School, with one student each representing William S. Hart, West Ranch and Canyon high schools.

According to two of the participating students, what they’ll remember is the hard work that went into practicing and getting it right.

“Luckily we did a lot of endurance training,” Lee said Wednesday afternoon, once she was back home in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Lee was one of the pageantry flag carriers marching at the back of the pack, proudly toting 6-foot “tall flags” for 6.2 miles along the parade route. This marked the second year she had been asked to participate.

“I didn’t remember the route being as long as it was,” she said, reflecting on last year’s experience.

For 16-year-old Lee and the other local students participating in the historic parade, this year’s New Year’s Eve was celebrated by sleeping.

The local musicians were expected to be at the parade site at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“The coaches made it quite clear to go to bed early,” she said.

For trumpeter Hunter Seyforth, a junior at Saugus High School, the experience is one he will cherish forever. The pain of actually participating, however, is something he feels today.

“It was tough,” he said Wednesday, once he was back home in Saugus. “The non-stop playing was challenging.”

Also demanding was the waiting required behind parade floats that stop along the route. He said: “There’s no way to practice with the floats before hand.

“But, the biggest thing I got out of it was all the friends I made.”


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