The Trojan Pride is very pleased to announce an invitation to march in the 2024 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. With over one million people in live attendance and millions more watching on television throughout the world, the parade is a once in a lifetime opportuntiy for our students, band program, school, and community. Preliminary planning is now underway and a great deal of information is going to be shared both initially and over the next few months. The trip will be approximately seven days in length and could include attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland & California Adventure, Hollywood Boulevard, Santa Monica Beach, Universal Studios, BandFest, working on Parade Floats, a Oceanic Dinner Cruise, etc. Potential Dates are December 27th through January 3rd.
At this time, the anticipated cost is estimated to be $3,500.00 per student. The largest unknown cost factor right now is the method of travel. The second is hotel selection.
All families are strongly encouraged to start fundraising and saving money NOW, even before the actual cost has been determined. Look for fundraising activities to ramp up soon. Securing corporate sponsorships is a great way to build up trip accounts and reduce the overall cost of the trip.
Normally, an enrollment survey is conducted in March and financial commitments are made in May. To properly plan for a trip of this magnitude, students will need to know if they are going to be in band next year and whether they will financially commit to going on the trip to Pasadena in mid-December. As with any large overnight trip, students will have the choice to be in high school band and opt out of this trip. As in 2016, one of the goals will be to make this trip possible for everyone who wants to go.
As with any extended overnight trip, chaperones will be needed and utilized for this trip. The selection process for chaperones will be very similar to what is done for BOA overnight trips. Look for information, application information, and deadlines to be posted by the end of the fall semester. Chaperones will also have to pay to go on the trip, but the cost for chaperones will be less than the cost for students.
For parents not selected as chaperones and family members that want to make the trip to Pasadena to see the parade live, Grueninger Tours offers Family & Friends Packages at a few varying levels. Travel with the group and participating at some of the potential attractions may or may not be included depending on the package selected. Information regarding Family & Friends Packages will also be shared at the November meeting.