Broken Arrow High plans Rose Parade trip
A marching band known as “The Pride of Broken Arrow” hopes to raise $300,000 in its quest to appear in the 2017 Rose Parade, according to news accounts published Monday.
Hailing from the town of Broken Arrow, Tulsa’s largest suburb, the band’s 300 members come from five surrounding states, according to its director. Historic Route 66, which winds through Pasadena, passes through Okalhoma near Broken Arrow.
The group doesn’t necessarily have history on its mind.
“The performances will definitely be lifelong memories, but the experiences along the way of getting to do a parade in Disneyland and to see the Pacific Ocean – and to get paparazzi on Hollywood Boulevard right there where the stars do their parties. Things like that are experiences kids will remember the rest of their lives,” Darrin Davis, Broken Arrow band director, told KOTV.
As part of its effort to get to Pasadena and appear in the Rose Parade on Jan 2, 2017, the band has set up a Facebook page. The group recently sponsored a fundraiser.
“Thanks to all the golfers, sponsors and volunteers for making the First Annual Pride of Broken Arrow Open a big success! Everyone had a great time supporting the Pride’s trip to the Rose Parade!” band members wrote on the Facebook page.
Broken Arrow High School will be one of 21 bands in the 2017 Rose Parade. Also participating are:
- Arcadia High School – Arcadia High School Apache Marching Band and Color Guard, Arcadia, CA
- Bands of America Honor Band (Representing all 50 States) – Indianapolis, IN
- Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Industrial No. 3 – Buhos Marching Band, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
- Foothill High School – Falcon Marching Band, Henderson, NV
- Gifusho Green Band – Gifu, Japan
- Grove City High School – The Grove City High School Marching Band, Grove City, OH
- Lawrence Township – Marching Pride of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, IN
- Los Angeles Unified School District – All District High School Honor Band, Los Angeles, CA
- Martin Luther King, Jr. High School – MLK “Kings of Halftime,” Lithonia, GA
- Niceville High School – Eagle Pride, Niceville, FL
- Ooltewah High School – Ooltewah High School Marching Band, Ooltewah, TN
- Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets – Pasadena, CA
- Pulaski High School – Red Raider Marching Band, Pulaski, WI
- The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band – Los Angeles, CA
- Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA
- United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band – MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA
- United States Air Force Total Force Band – Travis Air Force Base, CA
- Westlake High School – Chaparral Band, Austin, TX
Two other bands, representing the teams that will play in the annual Rose Bowl football game, have yet to be determined.