December 30, 2013 – Float Barns – Bandfest

We bused to

Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30Adjacent to the Rose Bowl where the major float barn and float tents are located.  Once there, we found ourselves in an hour-and-one-half line to enter the float barn.

Once inside, however, we discovered the wait was worth time spent in line.

Interestingly, both the commercial and non-profit floats being built in the barn are engineered by professional float companies, such as

PHOENIX DECORATING

although, as with the independent, self-funded floats (such as Sierra Madre’s which we helped on yesterday), they all rely on an army of volunteers of all ages

Volunteers and Flowers (a)Volunteers and Flowers (b)

Donate Live Float (a - Volunteer Workers) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30Kiwanas Float (e) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30to prepare and apply the flowers, seeds, greenery and other organic coverings.  Beginning this morning, these crews will work around the clock as the floats must be completed by tomorrow morning for the float judging.

Some of the floats under construction included;

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

(on which I’d been offered a chance to ride)

 Rotary Float (e) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30Rotary Float (b) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 DONATE LIFE Donate Live Float (c) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Donate Live Float (f) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30Donate Live Float (e) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

HONDA Honda Float (c) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Honda Float (b) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

KIWANAS Kiwanas Float (b) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Kiwanas Float (a) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

Our next stop was at the large tent where many of the vehicles to be used in the parade were on display and the self-funded floats were being assembled and decorated.

 GRAND MARSHALL’S CAR

(1958 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe) 1958 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe Convertible - Grand Marshall's Car

Tournament of Rose Parade Hall of Fame Inductees

(1938 Cadillac Convertible) 1939 Cadillac Convertible Coupe - Hall of Fame Inductees

1889 AMERICAN METROPOLITAN HORSE-DRAWN FIRE ENGINE1899 American Metropolitan Horse Drawn Fire Engine

1909 SEAGRAVE FIRE ENGINE MODEL AC-40 1909 Seagrave Fire Engine Model AC-40,

BUDWISER CLYDESDALE CARRIAGE Budwiser Clydesdale Wagon

SINGPOLI GROUP FLOAT Singpoli Group Float (a) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Singpoli Group Float (c) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

 PUBLIC STORAGE FLOAT Public Storage Float (a) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Public Storage Float (d) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

CAL-POLY TECH FLOAT

(Interestingly, its two sections were designed independently at Cal-Poly’s two campuses … with the expectation that they would mesh together when construction began) Cal-Poly Tech Float (e) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Cal-Poly Tech Float (b) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Cal-Poly Tech Float (d) - Torunament of Roses Parade Float Barn, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30
And everywhere you look, there are flowers, flowers and more flowers … Flowers (g) Flowers (a) Flowers (f) Flowers (d) Flowers (e) Flowers Ready to be Put on Floats Flowers (b) Flowers (c)including a rose given to Debbie by one of the volunteers.

 2013-12-30 - Debbie and a Orange Rose, Float Tent, Rose Bowl Grounds, Pasadena, CALooking behind the scenes, you find literally hundreds of empty flower containers, vials and thousands of stems.

Z - EMPTY BUCKETS Z - EMPTY VIALS Z - ROSE STEMSAt one point, I handed Debbie my camera and she, too found some interesting subject matter. 2013-12-30 - Dick Emerging from the Porta Pottya 2013-12-30 - Dick Emerging from the Porta Potty

Enroute back to our campground, we were driven by our reserved seat locations which, although not on the corner where the television broadcasts from, are right along Colorado Boulevard and putting the sun at our backs for better lighting to photograph the parade!

After lunch it was back into the buses for the drive to Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College (among its alumni are Jackie Robinson … as were his brother and 1936 Olympic Silver Medalist, Mack … actor Nick Nolte, the 1984 awardee of the Nobel Prize Chemistry Bruce Merrifield, and Sirhan Sirhan) for Bandfest, a 34-year tradition which showcases live performances of the bands which will be performing in the Tournament of Roses parade. 

 By the time we arrived, the line to enter the stadium stretched and wound more than ¼ mile around the campus …

Line to BandfestAlthough once the gates were opened it moved surprisingly quickly.  However, as we wanted to north stands (as the bands played to that audience) we ended up standing for the entire three hour performances.

This afternoon, we had the opportunity to watch and listen to six bands and a ten-piece brass and single drum ensemble.

Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets (whose members were selected from more than 70 high school trumpeters who auditioned for the nine trumpet positions and 30 who auditioned for the drum spot)  They have heralded the Rose queen and her Court in every Rose Parade since the 1970s

Pasadena City College Herald Trumpets (whose members were selected from more than 70 high school trumpeters who auditioned for the nine trumpet positions and 30 who auditioned for the drum spot) They have heralded the Rose queen and her Court in every Rose Parade since the 1970s

Among the band which performed were the …

 Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band

This band has participated in every Rose Parade since 1930.  It is composed of the Pasadena City College Lancer Marching Band plus exceptional school musicians from throughout Southern California.  Each year more than 600 students compete for the 200 band positions.

This band has participated in every Rose Parade since 1930. It is composed of the Pasadena City College Lancer Marching Band plus exceptional school musicians from throughout Southern California. Each year more than 600 students compete for the 200 band positions.

Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band

Representing the students, teachers, administrators and employees of the second largest school district in the nation, it has been participant in the Rose Parade since 1972.  The band brings students from all four corners of our District together for one common goal, to represent the Los Angeles Unified School District at a high profile event in the finest manner possible.  Bringing students from East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, the Harbor Area, and the Valley together to work and perform is very powerful and rewarding experience for all involved.

Representing the students, teachers, administrators and employees of the second largest school district in the nation, it has been participant in the Rose Parade since 1972. The band brings students from all four corners of our District together for one common goal, to represent the Los Angeles Unified School District at a high profile event in the finest manner possible. Bringing students from East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, the Harbor Area, and the Valley together to work and perform is very powerful and rewarding experience for all involved.

 Los Angeles UnifiedSchool District All District Honor Band (b), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Los Angeles UnifiedSchool District All District Honor Band (e), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Los Angeles UnifiedSchool District All District Honor Band (Horn Reflection), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

Westfield High School Marching Band

The largest marching band in Virginia and is only the third band from the Commonwealth to march in the Rose Parade.

The largest marching band in Virginia and is only the third band from the Commonwealth to march in the Rose Parade.

Westfield High School Marching Band (a), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Westfield High School Marching Band (c), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

Nagoya Minami High School Green Band

This excellent band hails from Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.  Its performance included a skit built around the Super Mario Brothers with the introduction of a princess and Darth Vader … who slays everyone including the princess.  Their final number was a tribute to Star wars … Gangnam Style … which had everyone cheering!

This excellent band hails from Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. Its performance included a skit built around the Super Mario Brothers with the introduction of a princess and Darth Vader … who slays everyone including the princess. Their final number was a tribute to Star wars … Gangnam Style … which had everyone cheering!

Nagoya Minami High School Green Band (d), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Nagoya Minami High School Green Band (Princess), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Nagoya Minami High School Green Band (Darth Vader), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

 McQueen High School “Lancer Band”

 The 12-time Nevada State Marching Band Champions are making their 2nd appearance at the Rose Bowl.  Located in Reno, NV, 24% of the student body is enrolled in the school’s music program.

The 12-time Nevada State Marching Band Champions are making their 2nd appearance at the Rose Bowl. Located in Reno, NV, 24% of the student body is enrolled in the school’s music program.

McQueen High School 'Lancer' Band (b), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 McQueen High School 'Lancer' Band (e), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

Homewood Patriot Band

The band of over 350 members includes three concert bands, three percussion ensembles a jazz band, a color guard and the Star Spangled Girls dance team.  They have performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade eight times, George H.W. Bush’s inauguration and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.

The band of over 350 members includes three concert bands, three percussion ensembles a jazz band, a color guard and the Star Spangled Girls dance team. They have performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade eight times, George H.W. Bush’s inauguration and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.

Homewood Alabama Patriot Band (c), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30 Homewood Alabama Patriot Band Salute to Veterans (a), Bandfest, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA - 2013-12-30

This evening, were again fed another great meal followed by live music and dancing.

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