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Los Angeles Unified School District All City Honor Marching Band

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

UNIFORM: Red, white and blue West Point-style uniforms, white shakos/berets and white foot gear.

BAND DESCRIPTION: Nearly 400 strong including 5 leaders, 4 drum majors, 270 brass, 25 flag bearers, 50 percussion, 13 banner carriers.

The band performs with smaller groups of around 20-25 students for special events around the city of Los Angeles. In 2010, the All District Honor Marching Band had the Honor of being the opening band for National Association of Music Merchents in Anaheim Educators Day for over 5,000 people and also had the honor of performing for Beatles' drummer, Ringo Starr as he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008, the Los Angeles Unified School District High School Honor Band had the honor of being the "official" marching band of the Los Angeles Dodgers 50th Celebration. The band led the Dodger float in the Rose Parade and, for the first time in it's history, changed the uniform by wearing the Los Angeles Dodger's hat. The band also worked with Channel 34 to serve as musical ambassadors to the bands of El Salvador and Puerto Rico.

This band is recognized as being one of the only brass and percussion ensembles of its magnitude in our nation. The Los Angeles Unified School District All City Honor Marching Band has been in integral part of the second largest school district in the nation since 1972 and has performed at high profile venues and events, such as Disneyland, the Greek Theater, the Coca Cola Centennial Parade, Super Bowls, World Series games and more.

PERSONNEL: Anthony L. White , director; Fran Herman, Darnella Davidson, Raul Fernandez, Ramon Mendez, Veronica Gonzalez, Ariel Legaspi and Victoria Lopez, assistant directors; To be selected in September 2012, drum major(s).

PREVIOUS APPEARANCES IN THE ROSE PARADE: Since 1973, the band has marched in 38 consecutive Rose Parades. This parade will mark the 39th appearance in the parade.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Los Angeles Unified School District All City Honor Marching Band has a very distinctive style and approach to performance. The band is comprised of only brass and percussion instruments, which produce a sound impact that is identifiable for miles away. The idea of an all brass and percussion ensemble was created specifically for the Tournament of Roses Parade in order to entertain its large audience both on Colorado Boulevard and on television with a high energy, exciting, and unique sounding band. Teachers recommend their top trumpet, trombone, mellophone, baritone, and sousaphones musicians. All other positions (shields, drum majors, percussionist and tall flags) must audition. The group also marches at a high energetic level that leaves the crowd wanting to see and hear more!

Updated on: 12/9/2012 10:23:45 PM

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