DOWNINGTOWN BLUE AND GOLD MARCHING BAND IS HEADING TO THE ROSE PARADE®!
This past fall, our very own Downingtown Blue and Gold Marching Band - comprised of students from the Downingtown East and West band programs – learned that they had been selected to march in the prestigious 132nd Rose Parade® presented by Honda on New Year’s Day of 2021. This honor was extended to only 12 high school bands from the thousands of applications the Tournament of Roses Committee received, so our student musicians will be in excellent company as they represent not only the state of Pennsylvania but the entire northeast region of the United States in this time-honored tradition.
Their appearance in the 2021 parade will mark the third time that Downingtown has been represented in Pasadena; the band also marched in the the 2001 and 2011 parades. The 300+ member combined band was selected based on videos of both East’s and West’s field shows, previous notable parade appearances, and the impressive resume of our district’s music program. Only the highest caliber bands are invited back to the Rose Parade® for a repeat performance, so we are very proud of our students!
As you can imagine, the price tag for getting a band of this size, the staff, chaperones and all of their equipment to California over the holidays is substantial. The estimated total cost of this once-in-a-lifetime trip is over $900,000. The band’s fundraising committee goal is to raise enough money to significantly reduce the individual cost for all of our students going on the trip – and you can help!
If you’re interested in making a financial contribution, just click DONATE!
All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of your donation will be used to defray the total cost of the trip.
Please spread the word to anyone you know – family, high school band friends, alumni - who would want to support our kids on this memorable journey.
You can also follow us on social media by looking for #dasdgoesrose.
If you prefer to write a check, please make checks payable to:
Downingtown High School Music Parents Association-Tournament of Roses
P.O. Box 240
Downingtown, PA 19335