Tournament of Roses Parade - More Students Marching

El Dorado students Katie Christensen, Daniel Espinoza, and Joshua Michaud are marching as part of the Pasadena City College (PCC) Tournament of Roses Parade Honor Band. The PCC honor band annually invites the most talented high school student musicians to audition for a few coveted positions. This will be Katie’s and Daniel’s second consecutive year to make the honor band. Both of them are currently high school juniors who play the trombone and trumpet, respectively. Joshua is a senior who plays the baritone horn.

Eric Wambold, a senior at Yorba Linda High, was selected to play for the Tournament of Roses Parade Herald Trumpets. He was one of five trumpet players chosen from more than one hundred who auditioned. The Herald Trumpets precede the float carrying the Tournament of Roses Parade Queen and her court.

The Tournament of Roses Parade is broadcast each New Year’s Day on January 1 and seen by millions of viewers worldwide. Auditions for all positions were held last weekend, Sunday, October 12.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s music programs have received numerous distinctions. In 2008 and 2010, the school district was recognized as one of America’s “Best Communities for Music Education,” a recognition presented by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a nationwide group of music industry retailers, producers and distributors. In addition, El Dorado High School’s band marched in the 2005 and 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade. No other Orange County high school band had received the prestigious invitation up to that time in the parade’s history.

On November 5, all of Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified’s marching bands will join together to perform in the district’s 39th Annual Band Pageant. The audience-packed event features over 1,200 students in bands, dance teams, color guards and identification units from all PYLUSD middle schools and comprehensive high schools.

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