Band Scores Another Invitation to Perform in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade

By Andy Soucy, Music Director

The LHS Marching Lancers has been invited to participate in the 2011 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, one year from this upcoming New Year’s Day, in Pasadena, CA. The Lancers were invited by the 2011 Roses President, Jeffrey Throop, on September 25th at a football game 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 324 members listened intently with excitement.

The Londonderry High School Marching Band as they were performing in the 2004 Rose Bowl Parade.

The Londonderry High School Marching Band as they were performing in the 2004 Rose Bowl Parade.

The Lancers will be one of only fifteen bands and will solely represent all of New England and New York State in this, the 122nd Roses Parade. 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, 1997, and 2004.

The Roses Parade is 5.5 miles long and takes 2.5 hours to complete as performers march past one-million spectators live along the route. Television coverage includes every major network to a national audience of over 40 million viewers in this country alone. In addition, the broadcast will also seen in 215 countries and will now include every Province in China for an additional 1.5 billion viewers.

Londonderry High School Marching Band students celebrate when the announcement is made that they will be marching in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.

Londonderry High School Marching Band students celebrate when the announcement is made that they will be marching in the 2011 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.

Now the students begin the long fundraising road to Pasadena California!  Look for unique opportunities to support the Marching Band throughout 2010!

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4th Rose Bowl Anouncement Video and Film

As it happened, we captured along with five other media outlets the moment that Tournament of Roses President, Jeffrey Throop announced that the Lancer Marching Band and Color Guard would be returning to Pasadena, California for the 2011 Parade.

Reporting from the scene seconds after the announcement Friday night in our story “Lancers head to Tournament of Roses Parade for the Fourth Time” Lancer Park was electrified with the announcement.

Alec O’Meara’s story made front page top of the fold in the Saturday Union Leader as we reported in our “UL Newsstand” feature yesterday morning.  The online version of this story with some great interviews and reaction from the students in the music program is HERE.  Not sure but it looks like Alec was more excited than some of the kids as he gathered information for his report.  Like a rock star once he asked a group of band members “Would you like to be in the paper?” he just about did not make it out of Lancer Park to file his news story!

LHS Rose Bowl Parade Announcement from One Norway Street

The One Norway Street shoot of halftime show just following announcement of selection for the 2011 Rose Bowl Parade.

This slide show was shot from the press booth and captures the phone call with the Rose Bowl President and students reaction.  These split second reactions to the surprise announcement say it all.  This band has been on one incredible journey since Andy Soucy joined the Londonderry Music Program in the mid 1970′s.

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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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