Marching Band Parade Music

50 states, 300 members, one band... an unforgettable experience

Music for All is honored to have received an invitation for the Bands of America Honor Band to perform in the 128th Rose Parade, January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

This is an unforgettable opportunity you won’t want to miss!

The 300-piece, national Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band will be directed by Bob Buckner, former Director of Athletic Bands (retired) at Western Carolina University, leading a dream team staff of music educators. The staff includes David Starnes, program coordinator, Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University; and Michael Klesch, arranger (Carolina Crown, University of Massachusetts).

The BOA Honor Band marched in the 2005, 2009, and 2013 Rose Parade. In 2009, they were part of the Rose Parade’s President’s Award-winning entry. The 2017 BOA Honor Band aims to make history by including members representing each of the 50 United States of America.

Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. The splendor and excitement of the Rose Parade is an experience of a lifetime for student performers. The national BOA Honor Band gives students from every high school band program in the country the opportunity to audition for a performance spot in this unforgettable event.


Music for All is accepting applications for the BOA Honor Band on the following instruments:

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
  • Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Mellophone
  • Baritone
  • Trombone/Bass Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion: Snare, Tenors, Bass and Cymbals
  • Auxiliary: Flag, Dancer

Drum majors for the band will be selected from among selected instrumental and auxiliary band members. Drum Major audition information will be available to selected band members. Students are required to audition and be selected as an instrumentalist or auxiliary member in order to be eligible to audition as drum major. Students are expected to participate as an instrumentalist or auxiliary member should they not be selected as a drum major


Eligible applicants must have graduation years of 2016 or later. (Class of 2016 seniors are eligible.)

NOTE: the parade route is 5.5 miles long. Applicants should be of health and stamina to be able to complete the route with ease.

Payment Deadlines

Total Member Package Cost: $1, 939* (*Based on Quad occupancy. Upgrades to triple or double rooms are permitted. No single rooms will be permitted).

Payment Due Dates

$310 due by October 1, 2016
$310 due by November 1, 2016

All payments are non-refundable.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses ®

Every New Year’s Day since 1890, the world has come to Pasadena, California, USA. Nearly a million come in person for the tradition and pageantry, and for fun! Hundreds of millions more watch the worldwide broadcasts on TV in more than 200 international territories.

In addition to the parade, the Tournament of Roses experience will include a performance at Bandfest, which features the prize-winning bands of the 2017 Rose Parade®

How to Apply

Application for the Bands of America National Honor Band in the 2017 Rose Parade is now open! Auditions are open to all high school band and color guard members, who graduate no earlier than 2016.

NC A&T Marching Band at the 2010 Mebane Christmas Parade
NC A&T Marching Band at the 2010 Mebane Christmas Parade
Marching Band Parade
Marching Band Parade
Tesoro Music Review 2010 Part 6 Parade Marching Band
Tesoro Music Review 2010 Part 6 Parade Marching Band
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