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August, 2008

Josh Harris • Archives • August 7, 2008

NAMM, Sesame Street, and Music For All Create Float for 2009 Rose Parade
NAMM has announced that plans are underway to create a float for the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade that represents a “musical extravaganza.” Overflowing with live music and depictions of how much fun playing music can be for everyone, the NAMM float will be a special feature for the overall parade theme of “Hats Off to Entertainment.”

The108-year-old organization is returning to the parade for the sixth year in a row and is once again showcasing its message to the general public about the powerful and proven benefits of playing music for people of all ages.

The NAMM float is being created in collaboration with “Sesame Street” and Music for All. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street” and a well-known advocate for integrating music into its program to help children viewers learn and grow. This is the fourth year that “Sesame Street” has collaborated with NAMM on a float for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Music for All’s mission is to create, provide and expand positive life-changing experiences through music for all. In honor of celebrating music, the organization has formed its Bands of America Honor Band comprising more than 300 high school band members hailing from across the nation, which will march alongside this year’s NAMM float. This is the second edition of Music for All’s Bands of America Honor Band since it first performed in the 2005 Tournament of Roses Parade. The band members will meet for the first time in Southern California, Dec. 27, 2008, to prepare for performances in the Tournament of Roses BandFest and Rose Parade.

Combining the missions and commitment of these three organizations, the NAMM “mega” float will highlight the many wonders of making music for all people to enjoy. The flower-covered creation will comprise a first-ever “mega unit” with three satellite “pod” floats following the main float and will feature a variety of musical talent. Onboard the main float will be an animated Big Bird shown playing a horn, and celebrity Bob McGrath, original cast member of “Sesame Street” who plays the music teacher on the show.

Performing on the main float will be a string quartet, a jazz combo, and two backup vocalists

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