Tournament of Roses Honor Band: About Page



Marching in every Rose Parade since 1930, the Tournament of Roses Honor Band has a long-standing tradition of musical excellence. The band is comprised of Lancer Marching Band members and exceptional high school musicians auditioned from throughout Southern California. Over six-hundred high school students audition each year for the 200 plus spots in the band and pageantry.  



As part of the honor band program, the 10 member elite Herald Trumpet Unit has the distinct honor of heralding in the New Year by proceeding the Rose Queen and her Court. 



The Honor Band rehearses every Sunday in November and December and almost everyday during the winter break to prepare for the six mile trek down Colorado Blvd.   The students will have marched over 25 miles in rehearsal before they step off on the parade route on January 1. This is one reason why the Tournament of Roses Honor Band looks and sounds as good at the end of the parade as they do at the beginning.