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Marching Band to Perform At Orange Bowl Game and Parade

The Roslyn Marching Bulldogs have been invited to perform at next year’s Orange Bowl Game and Parade, one of the most prominent events in the nation for marching bands.

Band Director Pat Patterson said, “How shocked and excited I was to receive this invitation to one of the oldest and most prestigious bowl games and parades in the world, the Orange Bowl.  By sending us this invitation, they have put us into another category, a whole different echelon.”

Patterson broke the news on March 23 to a large group of Marching Band Fans, the Roslyn parent support group for the band.  He explained, “As a band director, I know how totally unrealistic it is to expect to break into what is considered one of the top five events in the nation. For bands, it is the equivalent of getting into Harvard – something you might dream about, but the reality of achieving such an honor, even with tremendous hard work and dedication, is extraordinarily difficult. Bands have to be ‘nationally acclaimed,’ have over 100 members, be super precise as well as musically captivating to get into one of these events.” The major events are the Rose Parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Orange Bowl Parade and Game, Sugar Bowl Parade and Game, and Fiesta Bowl Parade. “In addition, once a band has one of these on its resume, it is considered as having ‘made it’ and can be accepted to any of them, thus becoming one of the top bands in the nation,” Patterson said.

The Roslyn High School Marching Band is now in its 10th year. Congratulations to the members of the Roslyn Marching Band, the Band Fans parent support group, and all who have supported the band on the way to reaching this level of achievement.

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