For Lakota East senior Allison Zimmerman the 5.5 mile parade route is nothing compated to the path it took to get there.Zimmerman has been selected as a member of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band, which will march in the 2017 Tournament of Roses parade.
She was selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious national honor band. The BOA Honor Band, a program of Music for All, is a 300-piece ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team.
In late December, Zimmerman, a clarinet player, will spend a week in southern California, where she will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, special activities and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade.
The 128th Rose Parade will take place on Monday, January 2, 2017, and will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The parade is seen in more than 200 international territories and countries.
"Receiving the opportunity to march alongside some of the most talented high school musicians across the country is such an honor, I'm looking forward to this once in a lifetime experience," Zimmerman states.
“As far as we know, Allison is the first student at Lakota to have auditioned and been selected to participate in Bands of America,” states Suzanna Davis, Lakota East High principal. In addition to a taped audio audition showcasing their musical skill, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from their band director and exhibit qualities such as leadership, teamwork and dedication to musical artistry.
Zimmerman is excited about the adventure, ready to both play during the parade and to meet students from around America.
According to Lakota East band director Rob Tanis, “This is a great honor and adventure and we are so proud of Allison. She is devoted to developing her performance skills and has a true love for music. We’ll be watching the parade to see her share her music as she represents Lakota and our state.”