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The Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band

Orange City, Iowa

Orange City, Iowa

UNIFORM: The band marches in uniforms that have been patterned after costumes that were worn in the city of Volendam in the Netherlands in the 19th century. The red and black uniform is all wool and one of the most expensive band uniforms made. The wooden shoes that the band marches with are imported from the Netherlands.

BAND DESCRIPTION: 177 total, 5 leaders, 2 drum majors, 64 brass, 3 flag bearers, 18 percussion, 50 woodwinds, 2 banner carriers, 24 color guard, 9 9 Baton Twirlers.

The Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band has a rich tradition of excellence and has created an outstanding reputation on the state, national and world-wide level. Always the school with the smallest enrollment, the band has developed a style and sound that has made them both uniquely entertaining and highly competitive.

Recent national level events include (alphabetical order) Disneyland – Anaheim, California Disneyworld – Orlando, Florida The Indianapolis 500 Parade – Indianapolis, Indiana The Ellipse – Washington, DC The Fiesta Bowl Parade – Phoenix, Arizona The Orange Bowl Parade – Miami, Florida The National Music Festival – St. Louis, Missouri The National Band Championship – Glendale, Arizona NFL Monday Night Football – The Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN The Rose Festival – Portland, Oregon The Strawberry Festival – Buckhannon, West Virginia The Tournament of Roses Parade – Pasadena, California The Waikiki New Year’s Eve Parade – Honolulu, Hawaii

MOC-Floyd Valley Senior High School is a small school located in the rural farming country of northwest Iowa. With a high school enrollment of only 450 students in grades 9 through 12, the 172 member Pride of the Dutchmen Band comprises almost 40% of the entire high school student body. This small Iowa school offers students the opportunity to achieve and succeed both academically and in a variety of activity and athletic programs. The Pride of the Dutchmen Marching Band competes in events in the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. They perform in six parades every May at the Orange City Tulip Festival. Orange City, Iowa (pop. 6100) was originally settled in the late 19th century by immigrants from the Netherlands. The community has continued to celebrate its Dutch heritage over the years with a spring Tulip Festival celebration and a marching band that carries on the Dutch tradition by marching in authentic costumes complete with wooden shoes.

PERSONNEL: Steve Connell, director; Kevin Linder and Dan Mangold, assistant directors; Andrew Schuiteman, Paige Hubers and Kristen Probst, drum majors; Paul Connell (Percussion) and Bri Muilenburg (Guard), unit leaders.

PREVIOUS APPEARANCES IN THE ROSE PARADE: The 103rd Rose Parade, January 1, 1993

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The band marches in wooden shoes. It provides an absolutely unique sound and appearance. Each shoe has been hand painted with the Tournament of Roses rose logo. Twenty volunteers spent over 260 hours painting the logos on the 360 individual shoes that will be used in the parade. The shoes are made from a soft wood (necessary for carving) and the soles gradually wear out and through as the band marches down the street. The hope and plan is that every shoe will last for the entire 5.5 mile parade. A small community has provided an enormous amount of support to the band in their endeavor to raise over $300,000. Local businesses have instituted a program called “Smart Shopping” in which they give a percentage of every dollar spent in their business back to the band. Band members have raised almost $30,000 over the past four years counting and sorting recyclables. The band is playing an arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic that was written by Peter Connell while he was watching the Rose Parade from the stands on January 1, 2012!

Updated on: 12/4/2012 5:01:13 PM

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