Niceville HS Eagle Pride Band Invited to Participate in 2017 Tournament of Roses® Parade

The 128th Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association President, Brad Ratliff, visited the Niceville High School Eagle Pride Band on May 20th to formally welcome the band as one of 20 marching bands chosen to make the historic 5-mile journey down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard on January 2, 2017.

As president of the 935 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses Association, Ratliff presented the Eagle Pride with the traditional Rose Parade flag, which represents the band’s prestigious participation in the 128th Rose Parade. The annual Rose Parade will spotlight thematically designed floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands.

Eagle Pride volunteers and directors planned a four-day itinerary to introduce the Ratliff’s to the enthusiastic community that supports the Eagle Pride’s activities. The couple had the opportunity to meet community members, band students and families, and area leaders as well as enjoying the beautiful Gulf Coast.

Ratliff has been a volunteer member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 1988 and was appointed a chairman in 2004 and a director in 2007. Throughout his extensive Association career, Ratliff served on and chaired various committees including Equestrian, Queen & Court and Services & Properties.  He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2009.

Professionally, Ratliff is a member of the executive management team for Inline Distributing Company headquartered in Sylmar, CA.

Ratliff is a third generation Pasadenan and is a UCLA graduate.  He and his wife, Susan, reside in La Cañada and have two adult children, Christen and Sarah.  He enjoys spending time with Susan, waterskiing, reading, running and hiking.  Ratliff follows in the footsteps of his father, Dick E. Ratliff, who was the Tournament of Roses president of the 110th Rose Parade and 85th Rose Bowl Game in 1999.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. The Association’s 935 volunteer members will drive the success of 128th Rose Parade themed “Echoes of Success,” on Monday, January 2, 2017, followed by the 103rd Rose Bowl Game.  For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

Visit the OCSD Facebook page to see a photo gallery of this event.