The following article used information released by Cypress High School and the Los Angeles County Fair.
The Cypress High School marching band, the Imperial Brigade, has qualified to march in the 2015 Rose Parade.
The winning performance was held on Friday, Sept. 27, at the 2013 Los Angeles County Fair Marching Band Competition Finals.
The band played Strike up the Band! and Celebrate. (See video below for the winning performance!)
The three bands in the final competition were Chino High School, Cypress High School and Kaiser High School.
With its first place finish, the Imperial Brigade not only earned a berth in the 2015 Rose Parade, it also brought home a cash prize of $5000.
The 77th Cavalry of Chino High school took second place and earned $3000.
The Catamount Pride Marching Band took third place and earned $2000.
According to Fairplex:
“We are honored that the L.A. County Fair (LACFA) Marching Band Competition is the only competition in the country which has an at-large berth in the Rose Parade. This speaks to the fact that our friends at the Tournament of Roses have confidence that our competition will yield a deserving champion to march in the world’s greatest parade each and every New Year’s Day,” said Jim Henwood, LACFA president and chief executive officer.
“On New Year’s Day, the world looks forward to the splendor and spirit of the Rose Parade,” said Rick Jackson, president of the 2012 Tournament of Roses. “The bands that march down Colorado Boulevard are an integral part of this grand tradition, and we know the L.A. County Fair Band Competition champion will be an excellent addition. We look forward to having the talented students join us on the parade route and are honored to be a part of the judging process.”
Bands march in parades held weekdays during the Fair.
For over a century, the Rose Parade has featured majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. It is one of the staples of America’s New Year’s holiday. Approximately 47 million Americans watch the Rose Parade on television, as well as millions of international viewers in more than 220 territories around the world.
For the past several years, members of the Tournament of Roses Music Committee have served as judges for the top three finalists of the Fair’s band competition.
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