By Christine Ngeo Katzman
Photos by Ben Chua, Christine Ngeo Katzman and Eric Sullano
Every New Year’s day, two top-ranked college football teams square off in “The Grandaddy of Them All.” The Rose Bowl earned that nickname as the first national post-season collegiate football game. Now, more than a century later, the Rose Bowl is still one of the most prestigious sporting events. This esteem extends not only to the football teams but also to the marching bands. With its nationally televised six-mile parade and guaranteed on-air coverage of the halftime performances, the Tournament of Roses festivities honor participating bands more than any other bowl game.
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