Hundreds of students traveled to Pasadena for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day this year. Hundreds of students traveled to Pasadena for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day this year. Bands included the Bands of America Honor Band, along with standout groups from Broken Arrow High School (Oklahoma), Davis High School (Utah), Lassiter High School (Georgia), Morgantown High School (West Virginia), Jackson Memorial High School (New Jersey), and more. The parade also included international bands like the All Izumo Honor Green Band from Japan, the Aguiuchos Marching Band from Mexico, and Banda El Salvador from El Salvador.
Meanwhile, during the Rose Bowl game itself, Stanford’s marching band raised controversy with its “Ode to Cheese” (A.K.A. “Homage to Fromage”) halftime show, aimed squarely at opponents’ Wisconsin’s culinary standard. The band formed a map of Wisconsin and declared Madison home of “the best Cheez Whiz in the world.” Stanford went on to win the game, 20-14.