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Editorial: Rose parade appearance worth getting excited about

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opinion Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

It was hard not to get swept up in the excitement last Friday morning at Rosemount High School. Watching as the school held a celebration of its marching band's selection to participate in the 2014 Tournament of Rosemount parade, the thrill, the enthusiasm and the pride were almost palpable.

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They should be. This is a big deal.

Late this year 205 marching band students will get on a couple of chartered planes and head west for probably the biggest performance, at least in terms of audience, any of them will ever be part of. More than a million people will watch along the parade's more than five-mile route. Millions more will watch on television.

It's an experience they will likely remember for the rest of their lives. It's an experience that can have a profound impact on the people lucky enough to go through it. That much was made clear Friday when Tournament of Roses president R. Scott Jenkins, in town to deliver the band's official invitation to perform, told the story of a former gang member who turned his life around after marching in the parade.

Rosemount as a whole should take a lot of pride in the Irish band for reasons that go beyond the Rose Parade appearance. The band has had incredible success in recent years. And more important it is filled with dedicated, hard-working students. Preparation for the coming band season started this week. Students spent hours outside in sweltering heat. They will work through their regular performance season, then continue working to ensure they are ready for Pasadena.

The RHS community is excited about this parade appearance. It should be. The Rosemount community as a whole should be, too.

It's going to be exciting to watch.

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