"Dreams Come True" Johnson Band to march in 125th rose Parade
The award winning Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Band has been selected to participate in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade® in Pasadena, California, on January 1, 2014.
Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins officially presented the band with the traditional Rose parade flag at a benefit dinner March 4 at the Spring Hill Event Center. Other guests in attendance were Mayor Julian Castro; NEISD Superintendent, Dr. Brian Gottardy; Associate Superintendent, Dr. Donna Newman; NEISD Board Members: Shannon Grona, Sandy Hughey, and Brigitte Perkins; NEISD Senior Director of Fine Arts, Mark Chambers; Diana Schumacher, NEISD Executive Director of Fine Arts; Johnson Principal, John Mehbrech; Band Director, Jarrett Lipman and Associate Band Director, Alan Sharps.
Selected from hundreds of high schools, the Johnson band is one of approximately 12 high school bands invited to participate in the Rose Parade and will be the lone Texas high school to march in the 125th Rose Parade®, themed “Dreams Come True,” on January 1, 2014. Johnson is the third San Antonio high school in the last 50 years to receive a Rose Parade invitation, following Churchill in 2005 and Marshall in 1977.
As part of the newest high school in North East ISD, the Claudia Taylor Johnson Band has only been in existence for 5 years but has quickly established itself as one of the premier high school marching bands in the country. Under the direction of Jarrett Lipman, Alan Sharps, Manuel Maldonado, and Darryl Pemberton, the band has developed a reputation for quality, innovation and excitement. The 240 member band has received both state and national recognition to include advancement to the UIL State Marching Band contest in 2010 and 2012, where they were named a finalist in 2012, and Bands of America Grand National 8th Place Finalist in 2011. The Johnson Wind Ensemble placed first in the Area E 5A Honor Band Contest and fifth in State, an NEISD record for the 5A High School Honor Band Contest. The Johnson Winterguard has competed at WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio where they have placed 9th in the world both times they attended.
The band program, with help from the community, has begun a public awareness campaign. The bands must cover their own transportation and accommodations costs. The band seeks to raise the $250,000 needed to fund the trip.
Marching in the Rose Parade is a remarkable experience, one for band members to remember and treasure a lifetime. Which goes with the theme of the 2014 parade, "Dreams Come True".
For more information, contact Jarrett Lipman @ (210) 356-0400
Posted March 6, 2013