Big Red Machine Marches in Rose Bowl Parade

Just image the thrill of marching down the streets of Pasadena, California, playing your school’s fight song in one of the most celebrated parades of the year.

That’s exactly what the students in the Big Red Machine, the Crestview High School Band, had the opportunity to do when they marched in the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade over the holidays.

“They were selected from hundreds of applicants to be one of only twelve bands to appear in this, the most prestigious parade in the world,” said Jody Dunn, Crestview High School’s Band Director.

In addition to their appearance in the parade, the Crestview High School Jazz Ensemble was asked to play at the Directors’ Brunch for the Tournament of Roses President, officials and volunteers as well as all the other directors whose bands were in the parade.

The Big Red Machine was also the first band in the 123 year history of the Tournament of Roses Parade to be asked to do a special “stand-still” performance in front of thousands on Colorado Boulevard and for the millions around the world watching on television. 

“This performance marked the culmination of 14 months of preparation and years of hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence,” said Dunn. “The Crestview Band is just one of the outstanding band programs in Okaloosa County. With this appearance in the Rose Parade, Okaloosa County can now boast that four of the high school bands in the county have appeared in both the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”