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Editorial: Irish band will do Rosemount proud

Members of the Rosemount High School marching band talked last week about being excited for their upcoming trip to California. For more than a year they have been looking forward to participating in the Jan. 1 Tournament of Roses Parade, and now, finally, they are just days away.

The excitement is natural. The Rose Parade is huge. The Irish band will perform before nearly a million people live along the parade route and millions more in the television audience. It seems safe to say none of the band members will ever play for that big a crowd again.

They’ll march flanked on one side by a float from the Republic of Indonesia and on the other by the Harlem Globetrotters.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But none of the band members can really know what the experience will be like for them. They won’t fully understand the trip’s impact until they are at the head of the parade route and looking out at all of those people, at the bright lights of the television cameras.

When he visited the city earlier this year, Tournament of Roses president Scott Jenkins told a story about a parade participant whose life was literally changed by the experience. He went from getting in trouble with the law to a path that eventually led to him owning several successful restaurants. He credited the parade for a big part of that change.

The experience might not be quite so transformative for Rosemount’s musicians, but the memory is certain to remain with them for the rest of their lives.

The Rosemount band’s participation in the Tournament of Roses has been exciting for the community. It has brought Rosemount together as businesses and individuals did what they could to help the band raise money.

It will be a lot of fun to watch the Irish on screen during the New Years Day parade. We’re sure they will make Rosemount proud.