Color Guard and Band members perform at Rose Parade

Seven Walnut High School students participated in the Pasadena City College Honor Band for the annual Rose Parade Friday, Jan. 1.

Freshman Noble San and seniors Adam Fulmizi, Ethan Lung, Ryan Maidment and Evan Wicks performed as a part of the band while seniors Phillip Sobretodo and Linette Tang performed as Color Guard members.

“My mind is set on how this is something I probably won’t ever experience again,” Sobretodo said. “The energy and the standard of performance are very high as well as the maturity level and showmanship. It has definitely reignited my love for performing and guard itself.”

After submitting an online application, applicants for the Rose Parade Honor Band needed to memorize an audition piece, scales and a solo piece. Color Guard tryouts comprised of dance drills, flag basics and a routine. After their acceptances, members started weekly rehearsals Sunday, Nov. 8 at Pasadena City College. During winter break, they conditioned and marched five to six miles a day.

“[Practicing with the Rose Parade Honor Band] improved my endurance and ability to do long shows. For example, the Walnut Family Festival parade is about a mile long, and that seemed hard before I did the Rose Parade,” San said.

The Rose Parade Honor Band was broadcasted on national television channel KTLA5.

“After the parade, I got texts from people saying ‘Hey Ethan, you’re on TV.’ I was surprised I got three to six seconds of screen time,” Lung said. “I was really nervous, but you’re just in the moment, and it’s just surreal. The skill level there was really high, and although our band at school is really good, you can tell the difference.”

By Amy Lo, Staff writer

Photo by Pedro Rodriguez