This upcoming New Year’s Day, the Londonderry High School Band will perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. This will be the fourth time the Marching Lancers have represented all of New England in this prestigious event, the most-viewed parade in the world.
“The Lancers are delighted to announce that Mr. Jeff Throop, President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, will visit the Londonderry Band and Colorguard on March 28th through the 31st, in preparation for this 311 member band’s trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade”, says Andy Soucy, Music Director. While in the area, Mr. Throop and his wife Angel, will participate in the Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade, address local organizations & businesses, and basically, see New Hampshire. The Throops will be honored at a Gala Concert on Wednesday, March 31st, with a performance by the Londonderry Lancers beginning at 7:00 PM.
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade is a 5.5 mile event which takes place in front of a million spectators live along the parade route. It is broadcast by nine major networks to a national audience of 40 million viewers. It is also televised in 215 countries including all Provinces in China for an additional 1.5 billion viewers. There are only 15 high school marching bands selected each year, and only one is chosen to represent all of New England. This occasion will mark the fourth time the Londonderry Marching Lancers will have participated in this New Year’s Day tradition (1992, 1997 & 2004).
Following performances in China for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival, and last year’s performance in the Presidential Inaugural Parade, the Londonderry High School Marching Lancers are once again working hard to prepare for yet another major event! For more information, including ways on how you can help the Londonderry Lancers get to Pasadena, please visit their website at www.lancermusic.org.