The Pennsbury Marching Band, ‘The Long Orange Line,’ will ring in the New Year on the West Coast, marching in the performing at three different events in Pasadena, California.
The Pennsbury band will perform in the 129th annual Tournament of Roses Parade with the theme “Making A Difference.” The Long Orange Line is one of 16 bands selected to march, including international bands from Japan, Australia, Panama, and Canada. The parade, known as America’s New Year Celebration will showcase bands chosen based on musicianship, marching ability, uniqueness, and entertainment value.
Then, Pennsbury’s band will perform at the field show in the Tournament of Roses Bandfest titled, “At the End of the Rainbow,” located at Pasadena City College. Finally, the Long Orange Line gets the chance to perform in an instrumental soundtrack session at the Disney Performing Arts Workshop.
The Disneyland parade, according to the website, is considered “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.” The parade features some of the country’s top marching bands, equestrian units, and 30 floats beautifully decorated with flowers, petals, and other natural materials.
The festival of flowers and music features actor and humanitarian, Gary Sinise, as this year’s Grand Marshal. Sinise, known for his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in the movie Forrest Gump, will ride in the parade. It will begin at 8:00 AM PST on January 1, 2018.
Along with nearly one million people lining the 5.5-mile parade, spectators across 200 countries and territories can also watch the live television coverage. The Parade will be broadcast on ABC, the Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV, and Univision.
Photo courtesy Pennsbury School District – “The Long Orange Line.”
WBCB’s Renee Washington contributed to this post.