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Rose Parade recollections

Marching 110 at Rose Parade

Band members share memorable moments
Jan 7, 2010
From staff reports

The Marching 110's participation in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day made a lasting impression on the students. Five band members from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism became guest columnists, as they shared their experiences with Outlook.

It wasn?t until we rounded the famed corner at Colorado Blvd. that I realized the grandeur of what the Marching 110 was about to experience. For more than a year, we had all been preparing for this moment, but nothing could have prepared us for the sheer exhilaration we felt when we saw hundreds of thousands of people lining Colorado Blvd., waiting to see what we could do. Click here to read more.

-- Tyler Charles, junior trumpet player

On the other side of the turn is Colorado Boulevard. Once you turn, all you can see is people and television cameras. Playing ?Stand Up and Cheer? as we turned the corner is something I?ll never forget. It made me so incredibly proud to be a part of this university and its band. Click here to read more.

-- Patrick Garlock, senior tuba player

The band played ?Stand Up and Cheer,? ?I Want You Back? (Jackson 5 classic), as well as drum and dance cadences. We ended the five-and-a-half-mile parade with ?Funk,? which drove the fans to their feet cheering. Click here to read more.

-- Courtney Hess, sophomore mellophone player

The day was exceptionally special to me because it was my last performance as a member of this band. I was emotional as I started to realize that this would be the last time I played ?Stand Up and Cheer.? There was simply no better way to end four very memorable years. Click here to read more.

-- Alyssa Mehling, senior alto sax player

My heart was pounding with excitement and a little bit of nerves as we approached the step-off point of the parade. There is no way to describe the energy and adrenaline that was flowing through each and every one of us as the drums sounded and each of us took that first step of the parade. Click here to read more.

-- Whitney Randolph, freshman journalism player


George Mauzy, communications specialist, coordinated Outlook's coverage of the Marching 110's trip to California.


Published: Jan 7, 2010 8:25 AM

Marching 110 on bus

The Marching 110 departs Athens on the first leg of their trip to California.

Band members prepare their instruments

Marching 110 members prepare their instruments before performing at Bandfest in Pasadena, Calif.

Marching 110 performs

Marching 110 performs at the Tournament of Roses' Bandfest at Pasadena City College.

Photographer: Sharon Fink 

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