RENO, NV - The McQueen High School Marching Band is officially headed to the Rose parade in Pasadena, having raised the necessary funds to get there.
"We are so grateful to everyone who has helped our band members achieve this goal,” said Principal Sue Denning. “Our students have worked hard in their music classes and in conducting various fundraising activities to ensure that ‘no band member was left behind.’ This is a wonderful accomplishment, and we thank our entire community for its help and support.”
“All of the kids are excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Band Director Rick Moffit. “This really was a community effort, and we couldn’t have reached this goal without everyone’s help.”
The McQueen High School band will march in the nationally televised parade Jan. 1, 2014.
Bands selected to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade must submit photos, video footage, and letters of recommendation. They are judged on a variety of criteria including musicianship, marching ability, and entertainment value. Participating bands come from as far away as Japan, Hawaii, and Panama. The McQueen High School band is the only band attending from Nevada, and one of only five bands selected from the western United States.
In addition to marching the 5½ mile parade route, the band will perform in one of three Bandfest activities at Pasadena City College.
Each participating band is responsible for raising all funds necessary for travel expenses. McQueen High School band members wrapped presents, held a cookie drive, performed at local stores, launched a Rose Parade Neighborhood Support campaign, and held an auction. Families also contributed heavily to the effort to ensure that all band members were able to go on the trip.
In addition to thanking their families, band members are grateful to corporate donors: Les Schwab; The Communications Workers of America Local Chapter #9413; The Good Feet Store; Sierra Family Pharmacy; Don’s Pharmacy; Barnes and Noble; Rail City Casino; Sands Regency Casino; and Muckel Anderson CPA’s. Thanks are also offered to the Nell Redfield Foundation and the EL Cord Foundation for their support.
“We are tremendously proud of all of our students,” Denning said. “We know they will serve as wonderful representatives not only of McQueen High School, but of the Washoe County School District and the state of Nevada.”