Mercer Island High School marching band leaving for Pasadena

All 270 students and several chaperones leave for Pasadena, Calif. Wednesday for their third appearance in the 123rd annual Tournament of Roses parade.

For six days they have a full schedule, including rehearsals and performances at Band Fest and Disneyland before the Jan. 2 parade, the day they fly home.Thursday after rehearsal the kids will get to enjoy Knott's Berry Farm. Friday they get to view the Rose Parade floats before their Band Fest performance at 3:40 p.m.

Band Fest is an opportunity for the various bands to get together and perform for each other. You can watch the MIHS band perform at Band Fest live online at

Sunday the band performs in the Disney Parade, then Monday is the big Tournament of Roses Parade, which is broadcast live on the ABC television network.

The band members will also be blogging while they are in Pasadena at


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