It will be a celebration for the 300-members of the Marching Firebirds as they publicly announce acceptance of an invitation to march in the 2015 New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
The announcement will come at halftime of the game, slated to start at 7:30 p.m. That’s when the band will show off its new uniforms along with unveiling a large Rose Bowl banner.
“It’s going to be an awesome evening for us with perfect weather,” said Greg Snyder, band director. “We’ve been saving 10 years for these uniforms and we’re so excited about going to the Rose Bowl again.”
Earlier this week the school board officially accepted the offer and approved the trip, starting the clock on fundraising efforts to pay for the trip.
It is the second time the band will have been selected to participate in the prestigious New Year’s Day parade. The group became the first southwest Ohio high school group to march in the 2008 parade.
This is second trip to Pasadena – he oversaw the trip nearly six years ago.
“When we go it will be my 35th year teaching – what a great way to celebrate,” Snyder said.
Besides preparing for Pasadena the band is getting ready for its performance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.
It is one of just 11 bands that will be performing before millions of television viewers Nov. 28.
Snyder said fundraisers for the Pasadena trip are being planned now but won’t kick into full gear until after the Thanksgiving performance in New York. The 2008 trip cost about $1 million, paid for by families, corporate donations and fundraisers.