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Mercer Island High School Marching Band to march in 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade
Mercer Island High School Marching Band has been selected to march in the 2012 Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif. on January 2, 2012. The 292-member Islander band heard the news over the public address system from their band director, Parker Bixby, during the third quarter of the MIHS home football game Friday evening. The Islander band is also appearing this coming January 1, in the 2011 London New Year's Day Parade. The Islander band has marched before in the Rose Parade. Its most recent appearance was in the 2006 parade where it rained for the first time at the nationally televised event in 50 years. Band members, their instruments and vintage wool uniforms were soaked after hours in the rain. The Tournament of Roses parade has a long history that dates back to 1891. The "Rose Bowl" football game was added in 1902 to help fund the cost of the parade.