24 local students to march in Rose Parade

(Jackson, Wyo.) - This New Year's Day, you will be able spot 24 regional kids marching and performing in the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. In total, 320 students were chosen from all over Wyoming to be a part of the Wyoming All-State Marching Band. Out of the 320, two were selected from Jackson, 20 from Pinedale and two from Star Valley. According to Band Director Brent Rose, only 18 bands were selected out of hundreds of applications nationwide. Rose said that bands are selected by the Tournament of Roses based on a variety of criteria including musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. In order to be considered, band representatives submitted detailed applications, which included photos, video footage and letters of recommendation. The Wyoming All-State Marching Band was formed in 1990 for the Wyoming State Centennial and has had a historic number of performances around the world. The band has performed in the Rose Parade four times, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade two times, the U.S. Presidential Inaugural Parade twice, and has also performed twice in Hawaii as well as Scotland and Ireland. If you want to watch the Wyoming All-State Marching Band perform, they are lined up 17th in the Rose Parade, which will air at approximately 10:14 a.m. Mountain Time on January 1, 2016. *Feature Photo: Wyoming All-State Marching Band. h/t Brent Rose /