Tournament of Roses Bandfest

Enjoy the Splendor of the Rose Parade Marching Bands at Bandfest

Bandfest at the Rose Parade
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Bandfest is a showcase of the bands who will be marching in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day, January 1st in Pasadena, CA. Every year award-winning marching bands travel from across the country, and sometimes other parts of the world, to participate in the famous Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. However, you don't get to experience the full splendor of the field shows that won them the big awards if you only see them march in the parade. So the Tournament of Roses organizers created a separate pre-parade event to showcase the talents of these amazing marching bands.

Three shows over two days give everyone a chance to see these talented musicians, dancers and auxiliary performers in action, performing their full field routines that won them a spot in the parade. Bandfest is a fun family event that allows you to experience some of the excitement of the Tournament of Roses, without the need to get up at the crack of dawn, pay an arm and a leg to park and find a place on the sidewalk to watch.

The Rose Parade bands are chosen 15 months in advance so the bands have time to raise the money for the trip to Pasadena. "Bands are selected by the Tournament of Roses based on a variety of criteria including musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value."

Bandfest Details:

When: Dec. 30-31, 2016, Friday 1:30 pm; Saturday 9:30 am and 2 pm
Where: Pasadena City College – Robinson Stadium, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Cost: $15 Advance tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171. Children 5 and under are free.
Parking: Free

2017 Rose Parade Bands:

BANDFEST 1 - Friday, December 30, 2016 - 1:30 pm

The Grove City High School Marching Band (Grove City, OH)
Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band (Los Angeles, CA)
Ooltewah High School Marching Band (Ooltewah, TN)
Pulaski High School Red Raider Marching Band (Pulaski, WI)
Pasadena City College Honor Band (Pasadena, CA)
Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA)
Westlake High School Chaparral Band (Austin, TX)

BANDFEST II - Saturday, December  31, 2016 - 9:30 am

Bands of America Honor Band (Rep. all 50 states)
The Pride of Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow, OK)
Foothill High School Marching Band (Henderson, NV)
Martin Luther King Jr. High School "Kings of Halftime" (Lithonia, GA)
Pasadena City College Honor Band (Pasadena, CA)
The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band (Long Beach, CA)
United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band (Miramar, CA)

BANDFEST III - Saturday, December  31, 2016 - 2 pm

Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band and Color Guard (Arcadia, CA)
Buhos Marching Band (Veracruz, MX)
Gifu Shogyo High School Green Band (Gifu, Japan)
Marching Pride of Lawrence Township (Indianapolis, IN)
Niceville High School Eagle Pride (Niceville, FL)
Pasadena City College Honor Band (Pasadena, CA)
United States Air Force Total Force Band (Travis Air Force Base, CA)
Penn State Blue Band (State College, PA)
University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band (Los Angeles, CA)

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