Lancers head to Tournament of Roses Parade for the Fourth Time

The Londonderry High School Marching Lancer Band and Colorguard have been invited to participate in the 2011 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, one year from this upcoming New Year’s Day, in Pasadena, CA.

View this sneak peek of the game and the bands reaction as the hear the news HERE.

Moments ago the Lancers were invited by the 2011 Roses President, Jeffrey Throop, during tonight’s Friday night football game, September 25th, by telephone as the students stood at attention on the field just as they were ready to perform their halftime show. The call went out over the PA system as the 300-plus members listened with excitement.

The Lancers last appeared in the Roses Parade on January 1, 2004.

Rose Parade LogoThe first Tournament of Roses was staged in 1890 by members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club, former residents of the East and Midwest eager to showcase their new home’s mild winter weather.

The Tournament of Roses Parade is 5.5 miles long and takes 2.5 hours to complete as performers march past over a million spectators along the route. Television coverage is worldwide and includes most major networks.

Jeff Throop President of the Tournament of Roses said earlier today, “The parade will be broadcast to 210 countries, and a newly acquired audience of all the provinces in China which means another 1.5 billion TV sets.”  The Lancers are one of only 15 marching bands in the parade will solely represent New England and New York State in this, the 122nd Roses Parade.  Londonderry has to wonder, how many in China will remember our world famous marching band when they appeared last summer just before the Olympics.

This will mark the fourth time the Londonderry High School Lancers will have participated in this New Year’s Day tradition, having also participated in 1992 and 1997 as well as 2004.

For more information on the Londonderry High School Lancers, please visit their website at www.lancermusic.org.

Visit the Tournament of Roses website to view this exciting event!

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