Pasadena Day 1 with the Londonderry Lancer’s

The Londonderry High School Marching Lancers kicked off their fourth trip to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade bright and early Tuesday morning December 28th.  At 3:30am as the Lancers pulled out of the school, a burst of fireworks were set off for each bus as it passed by the “Lancer on a stick” countdown pole that now reads 0.  As the buses started rolling, the Lancers heard a special message from LHS Principal Jason Parent on the school radio station WLLO-LP 102.9 FM.

Although the blizzard was long gone, the Lancers had to deal with the effects of the storm on the airlines.  One flight was delayed for having frozen pipes and the other was delayed waiting for a crew.  Upon arrival at the hotel in California, the band members had a quick meal then headed straight out for a practice.  Only 3 of the 4 flights were at the hotel at practice time, but the other members marched on as the last flight finally touched down in LA.

The Lancers headed off to Medieval Times for a medieval dinner & tournament.  Each section cheered for their courageous knight as he battled his way through the tournament to become the King’s Champion!  As it was his birthday, several band members pitched in to have Assistant Band Director Serge Beaulieu “knighted” by the King!  The Lancers will be protected now with Sir Bobo by their side.

Due to the flight delays, this report is rather short, but today’s trip to Disneyland will provide much to write about this evening!

Having a great time at the Medieval Times, must be some expense account!

Brandon Cardwell is a well-known graduate of Londonderry High School the Class of 2010.  As a Lancer Marching Band drum major he lead the band in his senior year.  He has performed with the Lancers in China, New York City, and at President Obama’s Inaugural Parade.  As an Eagle Scout, he completed a trail system connecting the fields at the West Road sports complex.  Today he runs a independent film company and is creating a documentary of “The Road to the Roses.”  Be sure to check Londonderry Hometown Online News for his daily reports!


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  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Sandy L

    Thanks for this first report. I like the unique perspective from the former drum major! Keep the news coming, we love it!

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Kathy Wagner

    Nice header Brandon. Looking forward to a recap of Day 2.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Wade Holbrook


    Thanks for the updates. I am Paige Baronas’s great-uncle, and I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I am a school band director. It is great to follow Londonderry’s band program. I observed Paige’s JH band rehearse April 2007, and one of her first HS marching band practices August 2008. I look forward to seeing the band march Jan. 1st, and I look forward to reading your blog. Go Lancers!

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Tax Payer

    Wow spending 18,000$ to send the instruments and this is all we get? Money taking out of the school budget (which is astronomical in the first place) and the lancers can’t even stay in line? Very poor performance can’t believe my taxes are paying for this I wish the money could have been spent on something other than then sending parents and students on a mini vacation. I had to turn away from the screen to watch them march, very sloppy towards the end. Can’t believe Mr. Soucy would let them participate in the parade being this poor. It’s Unfortunate that no other organization in the high school or in the school district for that matter to get money and sent on vacations such as the LHS band.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Lderryfam

      Somebody alert The Guiness Book! I think we have a new record holder for the most inaccurate and ignorant statements in the fewest words! Very impressive!

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1John Robinson

      The students and their families paid their own ways. ‘Nuff said.

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