Homewood's Patriot Band marching in Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena

Homewood's Patriot Band marching in Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena

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The Homewood High School  marching band is in Pasadena, California to march in the Rose Bowl Parade today. The Homewood High School marching band is in Pasadena, California to march in the Rose Bowl Parade today.
The Homewood Patriots. The Homewood Patriots.
PASADENA, CA (WBRC) -

The Homewood High School marching band is in Pasadena, marching in the Rose Bowl Parade today.

This is the fourth time the Patriots have made the trip to California for the parade.

The students and chaperones left Saturday. There are 350 band members and 327 of them made the trip to Pasadena. In the past five days they've performed at Disneyland and Pasadena City College.

Drum Major Elizabeth Hale has also performed with the Marine band directors and has been to Hollywood and Santa Monica.

The Homewood Patriots are only one of 24 bands worldwide invited to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade. There are a total of 5,000 participants, including everyone on the floats.

Even though this is the band's fourth trip to Pasadena, band director Ron Pence says each time is like a new experience.

"It's just as exciting now as it was the first time. It's a magical event and the parade is about the hope of the New Year and hopefully we'll have a greater year in 2014 than we did in 2013," Pence said.

Pence says the students aren't too nervous about performing but they do have a lot of eyes watching them.

He predicts 1 million people watching along the parade route and 350 million people watching on TV and online.

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