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Vanguard to march in Tournament of Roses parade

Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA)
Photo by Ron Walloch

by Kelly Bitter, DCW editor

Members of Santa Clara Vanguard, SCV Cadets and the SCV alumni corps will have a chance to march in the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year’s Day 2004 in Pasadena, CA.

The Santa Clara corps are not the first to have this opportunity. The Troopers, Air Force Academy Cadets, 1st Canadian Regiment and other corps have marched in the famous parade.

About 1 million spectators are expected to attend the five-and-a-half mile parade, which will feature the theme “Music Music Music.” Santa Clara Vanguard’s corps will join the floral floats, equestrian units and marching bands from across the country in the 115th Rose Parade. The event will be broadcast live on ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as some regional and cable channels at 8:00 AM (PST).

More than 50 musical groups compete for 16 openings each year. Groups must submit an application and videotape, along with additional information about the group such as photos and letters of recommendations. The Tournament of Roses Music Committee selects groups for the parade based on the group’s overall presentation and quality of music and performance.

“I think this is an excellent opportunity to showcase SCV and all drum and bugle corps involved with Drum Corps International,” Santa Clara Vanguard Director Rick Valenzuela said. “Including the television audience, this will be the largest audience we will get to perform in front of at one time. I’m also excited for the experience that our corps members will have in marching in this very prestigious parade. This is one of the once in a lifetime opportunities for most of us, which we’ll all remember for the rest of lives.”

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