2016 Tournament of Roses Parade Participant

| January 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mira Mesa High School band and color guard Perform

The 250-member Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Band and Color Guard caps spent more than a year preparing to be part of the world-famous Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Band members, school staff and chaperones packed their instruments and themselves into buses for the trip early on Tuesday morning, December 29.

Lead by Band Director Jeanne Christensen, Sapphire Sound also appeared at the Pasadena City College Band Fest on Tuesday, December 29, and in the Disneyland Holiday Parade on Wednesday, December 30.

During the Tournament of Roses Parade, Sapphire Sound performed their own arrangements of “America the Beautiful” and¬†“Ode to Joy” ¬†along the seven and a half mile parade route. Superintendent Cindy Marten was on hand for their departure to salute the students, staff and supporters as they represented all of San Diego Unified and the county of San Diego.

Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Band performs for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Band performs for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Mira Mesa is the first San Diego Unified School District band to be invited to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade since Patrick Henry High’s appearance in 1983. The Tournament of Roses Parade has a worldwide television audience and regularly features marching bands from all over the world. Mira Mesa joined the parade in its 127th edition, with the theme “Find Your Adventure.”

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