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Local band members selected to play in PCC honor band

Four SCV musicians earn chance to march in Rose Parade

Posted: November 10, 2009 10:07 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus High School students Thomas Callier on trumpet, Aaron Huffman on tuba, Michael Taylor on alto saxophone and color guard member Akaila Ballard will march in the upcoming Tournament of Roses.

Every year, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a Southern California tradition for New Year's Day, carries a bit of Santa Clarita flavor.

Musicians from local high schools are selected to march in the parade as members of the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band.

The Honor Band, made up of PCC band members and selected exceptional high school musicians, has participated in every Rose Parade since 1930.

This year, the Saugus High School Band and Color Guard have placed four members in the Honor Band: sophomore Thomas Callier, trumpet; junior Aaron Huffman, tuba; junior Michael Taylor, Alto Sax; and junior Akaila Ballard, color guard.

According to the Pasadena City College Web site, the Honor Band auditions more than 600 high school students for the more than 200 positions in the band and pageantry (color guard).

The preparation schedule for the selected student is rigorous, with rehearsals held every Sunday of November into late December, including most of the days of Winter Break.

To prepare for the six-mile trek down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1, the Honor Band will march some 25 miles in rehearsals.

In addition to all the rehearsals, the Honor Band plays three concerts in December and makes a special appearance at Disneyland, on Dec. 27, where they march in the Main Street Parade.


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