Downingtown is Headed to the Tournament of Roses Parade

January 12022


Downingtown Blue & Gold Marching Band is asking for the community’s help to get them to the 133rd Rose Parade.

January 1, 2022  |  Pasadena, California

In the Fall of 2019, Downingtown Blue and Gold Marching Band – comprised of students from the Downingtown East and West band programs – learned that they had been selected to march in the prestigious 132nd Rose Parade on New Year’s Day of 2021. This honor was extended to only 12 high school bands from the thousands of applications the Tournament of Roses Committee received. The student musicians would be in excellent company as they would represent not only the state of Pennsylvania but the entire northeast region of the United States in this time-honored tradition. And then Covid-19 reared its ugly head. The 2021 Parade was cancelled. After a year long hiatus, the band is now gearing up once again, to march in the now 133rd Rose Parade on New Year’s Day of 2022.

As you can imagine, the price tag for getting a band of this size, the staff, chaperones and all of their equipment to California over the holidays is substantial. The estimated total cost of this once-in-a-lifetime trip is over $900,000. The band’s fundraising committee goal is to raise enough money to significantly reduce the individual cost for all of the students going on the trip. Please consider supporting these local musicians by visiting

Their appearance in the 2022 parade will mark the third time that Downingtown has been represented in Pasadena; the band also marched in the 2001 and 2011 parades. The 300+ member combined band was selected based on videos of both East and West’s field shows, previous notable parade appearances, and the impressive resume of our district’s music program. Only the highest caliber bands are invited back to the Rose Parade for a repeat performance, so we are very proud of our students!

If you’re interested in making a financial contribution visit  the event website:

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