320 Wyoming students to perform in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade

The Wyoming All-State Marching Band, formed in 1990 for the Wyoming State Centennial, has had a historic number of performances around the world, including the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. ​The band has been invited to perform in the Rose Parade four times, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade two times, and the U.S. Presidential Inaugural Parade twice. The Wyoming marching band has also performed twice in Hawaii, and multiple times overseas in Scotland and Ireland. This year they have set their sails South to Pasadena, California for this year's Festival of Roses Parade. ​​ Every New Year's Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It's a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. Only 18 bands were selected out of hundreds of applications nation-wide. 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. After high competition and much consideration, Wyoming All-State Marching Band will be marching in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade which will include 320 students from across the state of Wyoming! ​ Twenty marching band students from Cheyenne area high schools will be performing at this year's parade invite. ​ It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years. An event as large as the Tournament of Roses requires about 80,000 hours of combined manpower each year. That manpower is supplied by 935 members of the non-profit Tournament of Roses Association, a volunteer organization dedicated to presenting an internationally-recognized New Year’s celebration. Wyoming Students performing in this year's parade include: Buffalo - 3 Casper - 15 Cheyenne - 40 Cody - 45 Douglas - 8 Lingle - 2 Gillette - 6 Glenrock - 3 Green River - 45 Hulett - 4 Jackson - 2 Kemmerer - 3 Lander - 8 Mountain View - 1 Lynman - 1 Pindale - 20 Powell - 16 Riverton - 40 Rawlins - 1 Rock Springs - 20 Sheridan-10 Shoshoni - 1 Star Valley - 2 Torrington - 3 Worland - 21 "We are going to be in California for 6 days with performances at a Band Competition, Disney Land, and the Rose Parade with fun days at Universal Studio, Disney Land, and tour of Hollywood," said Kelly Walsh Band Instructor Brett Rose. "Many Wyoming students will visit the beach/ocean for the first time ever on this trip!" ​ Brett Rose also reported that the Wyoming All-State Marching Band will be the 17th performance in the parade and you can catch them at approximately 10:15 MST. Amazing work to all those involved and performing! We'll be watching! *Photos: h/t Brett Rose/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news