Sure the floats are impressive, the candy tasty, the cars shiny, the clowns funny and the kids cute, but what would a parade be without the marching bands? The bands add sound to a parade and give it the appropriate atmosphere.
While America is overflowing with talented high school marching bands, there are seven that really stand out.
Washington Township High School – New Jersey
Name the marching band event, and it’s likely the Minutemen Band from Washington Township High School has been there. While their list of regional and national awards is too long to list, one of their most notable moments was in the 1998 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The band was the first to be completely decorated in 5,000 live flowers and seeds. It put the band on the map and has made it a huge nationally known group.
Ballou Senior High School – Washington, D.C.
Everyone from ABC’s Charles Gibson to the Reverend Jesse Jackson has raved about the Bellaou Senior High School marching band. The band has faced so much adversity coming from an inner-city school that it was the topic of a documentary in 2008. These students have overcome a lot to bring their fans some of the best music in the nation.
Broken Arrow High School – Oklahoma
In 2011, this high school band was named Bands of America Grand National Champion. Imagine the impact they could have on a parade! They compete in approximately five contests each year and always have a busy parade season.
Seminole Warhawk Marching Band – Florida
From performing at a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, to the Seminole Pow Wow Parade, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, this band has experience performing in front of large crowds. A two-time Grand Nationals Finalist Band, the Warhawks shouldn’t be overlooked in a list of America’s best high school marching bands.
Lassiter High School – Georgia
In 16 years, the Lassiter marching band has won 50 marching band championships. It has performed for President Reagan and multiple other big-time events in our nation’s capitol.
Santiago High School – California
What’s a parade without the BOSS – Bands of the Santiago Sharks? The marching band is made up of more than 200 students, including an impressive drumline and color guard. The BOSS will be pretty busy this season, preparing for a performance in the 2013 Rose Parade.
Westlake High School – Texas
The Westlake High School band is one of only 11 bands in the world to win the prestigious Sudler Shield and Sudler Flag. Both are international awards given each year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. For more than 40 years, this band has been nationally recognized for its outstanding talent.