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Local musicians march in Rose Parade

Posted: December 31, 2009 6:26 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Local wonderdog Tank, shown on a skateboard, will be snowboarding on the Natural Balance pet food float at the Rose Parade today. Seven local high school musicians will march in the Parade.

When the Pasadena Tournament of Roses began its march down Colorado Boulevard Friday morning, at least seven local high school musicians were part of the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band.

The seven were among more than 200 students who earned their honor band spots by auditioning along with more than 600 Southern California high school musicians.

In addition, local wonderdog Tank was snowboarding down the icy slopes of the Natural Balance pet food company float.

The 48-pound English bulldog dog belongs to the owners of Green Landscape Nursery, at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Cinema Drive.

The largest local contingent of musicians was from the Saugus High School Band and Color Guard, which had four members in the band: sophomore Thomas Callier, trumpet; junior Aaron Huffman, tuba; junior Michael Taylor, alto sax; and junior Akaila Ballard, color guard.

West Ranch High School had two musicians in the parade: Joey Pentecostes, trombone; and Roxanne Windover, tenor sax.

Amanda Stanley, on the trombone, represented Canyon High School in the band.

To prepare for the six-mile trek down Colorado Boulevard, honor band members marched 25 miles in rehearsals, starting in November and continuing daily through most of winter break.

The band also played three concerts in December, making a special appearance at Disneyland on Dec. 27, where it marched in the Main Street Parade.


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