2017 Rose Parade marching band lineup for Bandfest shows

Remo Drums of the World leads a drum-along at Bandfest. c.2014 LBM
Remo Drums of the World leads a drum-along at Bandfest. c.2014LBM

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Bandfest Presented by Remo is the place to see the Rose Parade marching bands display their spectacular field shows. There are three shows over two days, with different marching units at each one. The only band that plays at all three is the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band. Tickets are $15 per person (children age 5 and under are free) and are available at the venue, but since these shows sell out quickly, it’s best to purchase them in advance from Sharp Seating. The shows are performed on Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College. Parking is free in the PPC structure at Hill and Del Mar.

Some tips:

  • Arrive early. It takes time to find a parking space and walk to the stadium. Be sure to get a program and little drum on the way in, and be seated in time for the Remo Drums of the World drum-along.
  • Seating is on the north side of the stadium, so the southern sun hits it most of the day, and it can be very hot. When the sun starts to set, it can suddenly cool down. Bring water and layers.
  • Food and beverages are available from vendors onsite, and there are several eateries across the street from the campus on the north side of Colorado Blvd.

Show schedule

Bandfest 1, Dec. 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Grove City High School Band, Grove City, Ohio
Los Angeles Unified School District
Ooltewah High School Band, Ooltewah, Tenn.
Pulaski High School Band, Pulaski, Wis.
Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band
Santa Clara Vanguard, Santa Clara, Calif.
Westlake High School Band, Austin, Texas

Bandfest 2, Dec. 31, 2016 at 9:30 am

Bands of America Honor Band (Representing all 50 states)
Broken Arrow High School Band, Broken Arrow, Okla.
Foothill High School Band, Henderson, Nev.
Martin Luther King Jr. High School, Lithonia, Ga.
Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band
The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band
USMC West Coast Composite Band, Miramar, Calif.

Bandfest 3, Dec. 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Arcadia High School, Arcadia, Calif.
Buhos Marching Band, Veracruz, Mexico
Gifusho Green Band, Gifu, Japan
Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Ind.
Niceville High School Band, Niceville, Fla.
Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band
US Air Force Band celebrating the 70th anniversary of the USAF