L.A. high school musicians prepare to perform in Rose Parade

Photo by TyWashington/Cal State LA

EL SERENO — Cal State L.A. is closed for winter break. But for the past week the campus has been filled  with the sounds of the 350 high school students playing brass and percussion instruments as they prepare to perform and march in the 129th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

The musicians as well as dance and flag teams that make up the L.A. Unified Beyond the Bell All City Honor Marching Band will end their week-long practice session on Dec. 28. But before they march down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s day, the band will perform at Disneyland, Pasadena City College and the Los Angeles Rams halftime show.

Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet and other officials were on hand when the practice began last week.

“To the students, we appreciate the hours, the practice, the sacrifice, the dedication that you put in to make this happen, to share your gifts with the rest of the world,” said Tibbet in an account provided by Cal State L.A. “On Jan. 1, you are the soundtrack, you are the music behind the celebration.”

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