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Bands of America Honor Band

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

UNIFORM: The uniforms capture the essence of America in the design elements. The uniform is primarily white with royal blue and red abstractly representing an American flag. The embroidered stars on the right chest denote the Bands of America Emblem. A 14" white plume sits atop the white shako style hat, promoting a tall and slender look for the performers. The drum majors are wearing the same style uniform rendered in white with silver accents. The auxiliary and dancers also carry out the red, white and blue theme. The uniforms were designed by Michael J. Cesario and produced by Fred J. Miller, Inc.

BAND DESCRIPTION: 324 total, 4 drum majors, 139 brass, 30 percussion, 25 dancers, 91 woodwinds, 3 banner carriers, 32 color guards.

The members of the Bands Of America Honor Band come from more than 145 schools in nearly every state. They came together as a group for the first time one week ago on December 27, 2012 for rehearsals and special performances, putting both their parade show and BandFest field show together in that short amount of time.

Music for All’s Bands of America Honor Band is unique – a national, honor marching band featuring outstanding high school performers from across the United States selected for membership through an audition process. The Bands of America Honor Band gives every band student in the country an opportunity to march in the Tournament of Roses® Parade once in their high school music-making careers. While some of these young people might come from a band program lucky enough to be invited to participate in this event, not all of them have this opportunity.

This national honor band brings the best of the best from around the country to showcase their talents. Bands of America is known for its national and regional marching band championships, including the Grand National Championships held each November at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Bands of America is a program of Music for All, whose mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All was founded in 1976 and presents more than 20 year-round educational programs for teachers and students, bands, orchestras and small ensembles.

PERSONNEL: Bob Buckner, director; David Starnes, assistant director.

PREVIOUS APPEARANCES IN THE ROSE PARADE: 2013 is the third appearance of the Bands Of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade®. The band also performed in 2005 and in 2009, when they were part of the President’s Award-winning unit presented together with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Sesame Street Workshop.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bob Buckner, director of the Bands Of America Honor Band, is a pioneer in marching drill design. As band director of the Silva-Webster High School band in North Carolina, the band was named Bands of America Grand National Champion. He went on to direct at the college level, including the Western Carolina University marching band, which was voted fan favorite at the 2012 Rose Parade®. Mr. Buckner leads an all-star staff of renowned, award-winning band directors from across the county. They regularly compete against each other with their own bands, however, they have gathered together to teach this one, national band.

The Bands of America Honor Band is performing music arranged specifically for this performance by Michael Klesch, a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame, with percussion arrangements by Thom Hannum, Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band. Music for All’s partners play an important role in the presentation of the BOA Honor Band. Yamaha Corporation of America has provided beautiful instruments. Remo and Vic Firth have provided top-of-the-line percussion equipment. The members of the band rehearsed their music the past few months using SmartMusic music teaching technology, allowing the teaching staff to help prepare the musicians despite the geographic distances between them.

Updated on: 11/30/2012 3:42:49 PM

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