2018 Tournament of Roses

You never know what you’re gonna get with the Tournament of Roses. Enjoy Halftime Magazine’s 11th annual photo spread that showcases the accomplishments of marching bands around the world.

This year’s 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda celebrated the theme “Making a Difference” with actor and parade Grand Marshal Gary Sinise—famous for his portrayal of a disabled veteran in the film “Forrest Gump” and known for his work with veterans and first responders. As part of this year’s theme of giving back, many bands performed for not-for-profit organizations around Pasadena, California, in addition to the parade and Bandfest.

Participating Bands

Congratulations to the following bands that participated in the 2018 Tournament of Roses.

Air Academy HS Marching Band from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado:

Air Academy HS Marching Band from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Albertville (Alabama) HS Marching Band:

Albertville High School band from Alabama

Australia’s Marching Koalas from Dangar, New South Wales, Australia:

Australia’s Marching Koalas from Dangar, New South Wales, Australia

Banda De Música Herberto López from Colegio José Daniel Crespo in Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panama:

Banda De Música Herberto López from Colegio José Daniel Crespo in Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panama

Burlington (Ontario, Canada) Teen Tour Band:

Burlington Teen Band from Ontario Canada

Homestead HS Marching Band from Cupertino, California:

Homestead High School band from Cupertino, California

Kyoto (Japan) Tachibana HS Green Band:

Kyoto Tachibanas High School from Japan

Lindbergh HS Marching Band from St. Louis, Missouri:

Lindbergh High School band from St. Louis Missouri

Londonderry (New Hampshire) HS Marching Band and Color Guard:Londonderry High School band from New Hampshire

Los Angeles Unified School District All District HS Honor Band:

Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band

Louisburg (Kansas) HS Marching Band:Louisburg High School band from Missouri

Pasadena (California) City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Herald Trumpets:

Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band

Pennsbury HS Marching Band from Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania:Pennsbury High School band from Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

Ronald Reagan HS Band from San Antonio:

Ronald Reagan HS Band from San Antonio

Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band from Los Angeles with representatives from Angola:

Salvation Army Tournament of Roses band

Santiago HS Bands of Santiago Sharks from Corona, California:

Santiago HS Bands of Santiago Sharks from Corona, California

United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band from MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego, and Camp Pendleton, California:

US Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band

University of Georgia Redcoat Band:

University of Georgia Redcoat band

University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band from Amherst:

University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band from Amherst

University of Oklahoma The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band:

University of Oklahoma band

Westlake HS Marching Thunder from Saratoga Springs, Utah:

Westlake HS Marching Thunder from Saratoga Springs, Utah

In addition, the Riverside (California) City College Marching Band made a special appearance.

Riverside (California) City College Marching Band

The 104th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, a part of this year’s College Football Championship playoff, pitted the University of Georgia against the University of Oklahoma—with both bands traveling to support their teams. For pregame, both bands played an abridged version of their traditional shows. For halftime, the Georgia Redcoat Band paid tribute to the Allman Brothers while The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band wooed the audience with its medley from “West Side Story.” In double overtime, the Georgia football team defeated Oklahoma 54 to 48. See the “Direct From” story for a Q&A with Georgia’s band director Dr. Mike Robinson.

The following photos are courtesy of Ken Martinson of Marching.com:
Air Academy High School Marching Band from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
Albertville High School band from Alabama
Australia’s Marching Koalas from Dangar, New South Wales, Australia
Banda De Música Herberto López from Colegio José Daniel Crespo in Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panama
Homestead High School band from Cupertino, California
Kyoto Tachibanas High School from Japan
Lindbergh High School band from St. Louis, Missouri
Pennsbury High School band from Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
Riverside (California) City College Marching Band
Ronald Reagan High School Band from San Antonio
Salvation Army Tournament of Roses band
Santiago High School Bands of Santiago Sharks from Corona, California
Westlake High School Marching Thunder from Saratoga Springs, Utah
University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band from Amherst
The following photos are courtesy of Pasadena Tournament of Roses:
Louisburg High School band from Missouri
Los Angeles Unified School District All District High School Honor Band
Londonderry High School band from New Hampshire
US Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band
University of Georgia Redcoat band
Burlington Teen Band from Ontario Canada
Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band
Photo of Oklahoma band courtesy of Valorie Wakefield.