On January 1st, 2020 our very own amazingly talented Baldwinsville Marching Bees performed at the 131st annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California! If you haven’t heard, turn the sound up and listen, because this is a HUGE deal! Not just for Baldwinsville Marching Bees, their band director Casey Vanderstouw, all volunteers and coordinators, students, staff, parents, and the Baldwinsville community, but for New York state as a whole! Considering a marching band from New York State has not been selected to perform in the traditional New Year’s Day parade in California, in over 20+ years. This is truly an honor for Baldwinsville, and a huge accomplishment for the students in the marching band as the Rose Parade has a long history!
The parade itself travels 5.5 miles, and that California sun is hot and bright! I remember playing the clarinet in high school (sitting, not even marching), and all I can think of is how heavy it must be to carry some of those instruments! I had the pleasure of talking with a parent of one of the students in the marching band, Tina Soloman and her son Aidan. Aidan plays baritone for the Baldwinsville Marching Bees.
Tina stated, “It was often hours of practice for these kids, sometimes 5 hours or more. Many of the students went from a sports practice to marching band practice.”
She also explained to me that the marching band performed at a show for all the bands that were invited to the Rose Parade. The energy, excitement, and the comments made by strangers just in the crowd and through the streets was vivacious and filled with positivity!
Tina exclaimed that, “the Baldwinsville Bees and their band director Casey were the most unique and it was more of a theatrical show along with an amazing musical performance, compared to just a band performance alone.”
She also explained how Mrs. Cullens the planner for the trip, really went above and beyond with giving the students an all-out experience of California. From seeing Hollywood, and Universal Studios, to the parade itself. For many students, this was a trip of a lifetime and will always be so special for so many!
We are so proud to be part of a community that is so dedicated to one another and building each other up. Our children and these students are the future. We are truly so happy for the Baldwinsville Marching Bees and all those involved! CONGRATULATIONS BEES!
I had a joke I thought was pretty sharp, but it fell flat, anyway it doesn't matter as long as the punch line is "a flat minor”.
.:insert drum and cymbals BAH-DUM-CHA here:.
(This was a corny joke for my fellow band and music friends)
*YouTube video courtesy of user Music213
*Photos courtesy of syracuse.com or localsyr.com