They will be the only band to represent Peach State at the 2023 event.
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – One Gwinnett school has become the first in the county to be invited to participate in one of the largest New Year’s parades. Brookwood High School in Senville, Georgia will begin 2023 in Pasadena, California as they join the 20 marching bands that will perform at the 134th Rose Parade on January 2 next year.
The band’s director Laura Moates Stanley has been with the Brookwood High School band for 20 years. She said their journey towards the Rose Parade began in 2018 when the school first applied.
The band chose to apply again, and finally received a ‘yes’ in October 2021.
The theme of the parade will be ‘Turn the Corner’, to celebrate the unlimited potential that each new year brings, and a theme resonates with the band.
According to Stanley, marching bands may be required to make seven to eight attempts before being selected to participate, making this a significant achievement for its students.
“So the chance of getting into the Rose Parade is not as great as a regular parade,” Stanley said. “You have to apply to get into these parades, and it’s a big deal if you’re invited.”
Bands from around the world are selected and will travel to California to march down Orange Grove and Colorado Avenue, for a five-and-a-half mile parade.
Brockwood High School is the first Gwint band to be invited to the Rose Parade
Stanley said that since finding out Brockwood would be attending, the band began rehearsing for their show and most importantly, raising funds.
The principal said each student must pay $ 2,800 to participate in the seven-day trip. The band plans to arrive in Pasadena on December 28th and return home on January 3rd, 2023.
In order to raise money, the high school band has partnered with PayPal and is accepting donations via a link on its website or with a QR code.
Her hope is that all 230 students enrolled in the marching band will be able to attend and go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
“I probably have about 20 students who did not sign up for the Rose Parade because of the funds. I mean, hard times. “It’s very difficult and it’s a lot of money, and I would just hate for them to miss a once-in-a-lifetime trip,” Stanley said.
She said that with such an opportunity, everything helps.
“So any kind of donation is the best contribution and the most appreciative contribution so we can help all these kids go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we can present Georgia in the best way,” she said.
Broncos Brockwood will march alongside bands from China, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Panama in the parade. Participants are selected each year by the Roses Tournament Association in Pasadena, the association that organizes the New Year Parade.
The chosen ones are selected by the association members who volunteer according to a variety of criteria including musicality, marching ability and entertainment value or special interest.
For more information on Brookwood High School Band and how to help click here.