OHS Band to Perform in Rose Parade
Ooltewah, HAMILTON COUNTY (WDEF) – The Ooltewah High School Band left dark and early Wednesday morning on a bus to Atlanta to catch a flight to California, to perform in the 128th Tournament of Rose Parade.
Band Director, Joel Denton, said it’s an honor to be selected to perform.
“The Rose Parade is probably the most prestigious event a band could do, along with the Macy’s Parade.”
Ooltewah High School’ band has already performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, twice.
Denton said preparing for the Rose Parade is something that has been more than a year in the making.
“We got the invitation last September. We started the program in June and we started on the marching and the actual parade music in October.”
The theme for the big event is “Echos of Success.”
The honors the alumni, students, and parents.
Ooltewah is just one of thirteen high schools nationwide selected to participate.
“We’ve been working so hard since our freshmen year and our eighth grade year”, said senior Alec Brenner.
“A lot of practices and a lot of preparation from classes before us that aren’t going with us now…that set that legacy for us so we’re able to do the things we get to do now”, said senior Miles DePrimo.
The trip cost more than $300,000 dollars to take the band members.
Several car washes and one large Labor Day BBQ helped make the trip from possible.
“All of the students have worked so hard, but it’s also all the staff that are here…all the parents as well. We wouldn’t be here without them”, said Brenner.
The band will perform a mash-up of children’s music, all a based around the songs “Pure Imagination” and “Toyland.”
The students will also visit the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House to perform for the families there and hand out teddy bears to them and those in the children’s hospital.