Bandfest show schedule for 2018 Rose Parade marching units

Pasadena City College takes the field at Bandfest

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Rose Parade bands are not only required to march 5 ½ miles in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, they prepare elaborate field shows for Bandfest Presented by Remo. There are three shows over two days, with different marching units at each one. Only the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, as  host, plays in all three. The shows are performed in Robinson Stadium at Pasadena City College. Parking is free in the PPC structure at Hill and Del Mar. Tickets are $15 per person (children age 5 and under are free) and are available at the venue.

Some tips:

  • Purchase tickets in advance from Sharp Seating. The shows sell out quickly.
  • Arrive early, allowing time to find a parking space, walk to the stadium, and be seated in time for the Remo Drums of the World drum-along.
  • Don’t forget to grab a program and little drum on the way in!
  • Seating is on the north side of the stadium, so the southern sun hits it most of the day. It can be very hot, but when the sun starts to set, it can suddenly cool down. Bring water and wear layers and sunscreen.
  • 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 (subject to change)

Bandfest 1, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Air Academy High School – Air Academy High School Marching Band (USAF Academy, CO)

Australia’s Marching Koalas (Dangar, New South Wales, Australia)

Banda De Música Herberto López – Colegio José Daniel Crespo (Chitré, Herrera, Republic of Panamá)

Homestead High School – Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band (Cupertino, CA)

Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets (Pasadena, CA)

Pennsbury High School – Pennsbury High School “Long Orange Line” Marching Band (Fairless Hills, PA)

Santiago High School – The BOSS (Bands of Santiago Sharks) (Corona, CA)

University of Massachusetts – University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band (Amherst, MA)

Bandfest 2, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

Albertville High School – Albertville High School “Aggie” Band (Albertville, AL)

Lindbergh High School – Lindbergh “Spirit of St. Louis” Marching Band (St. Louis, MO)

Ronald Reagan High School – Ronald Reagan High School Band (San Antonio, TX)

The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band (Los Angeles, CA)

Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets (Pasadena, CA)

Westlake High School – Westlake High School Marching Thunder (Saratoga Springs, UT)

United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band – MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego and Camp Pendleton, CA

Rose Bowl Game University Band TBD

Bandfest 3, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

City of Burlington – Burlington Teen Tour Band (Burlington, Ontario, Canada)

Kyoto Tachibana High School – Kyoto Tachibana High School Green Band (Kyoto, Japan)

Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets (Pasadena, CA)

Los Angeles Unified School District – All District High School Honor Band (Los Angeles, CA)

Londonderry High School – Londonderry High School Marching Band & Color Guard (Londonderry, NH)

Louisburg High School – Louisburg High School Marching Wildcat Band (Louisburg, KS)

“The Commandant’s Own” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (Washington, DC)

Rose Bowl Game University Band TBD