Arroyo, South El Monte High Students Selected for Tournament of Roses Honor Band
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
Arroyo High School students Emily Tsai (flute), Raeesa Sheikh (clarinet), Sampson Hong (horn), Danny Mata (trombone), Bonnie Guo (bass drum) and South El Monte High School students Alexis Abarca (trumpet) and Matthew Aguilar (alto sax) have been selected for the 2013 Tournament of Roses Honor Band.
The Honor Band is comprised of Lancer Marching Band members and exceptional high school musicians from throughout Southern California. Over 600 high school students auditioned for the approximately 200 available spots. To secure a spot in the Honor Band is considered a coveted position and those selected are among the best student musicians in California. The Honor Band has marched in every Rose Parade since 1930.
According to Tournament of Roses officials, the Honor Band rehearses every Sunday in November and December and almost every day during the winter break to prepare for the six-mile trek down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard. The students will have marched over 25 miles in rehearsal before the morning of the parade.
Arroyo High School principal Oscar Cisneros and South El Monte High School principal Angie Gonzales both expressed pride in having their students selected for the Honor Band and the opportunity to represent both schools on the international stage New Year’s day.