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Tangen, who like many parents is traveling to Pasadena for the parade, contrasts it with her and her husband’s experiences in marching band. “I didn’t do anything these kids can do,” she said. “We did field shows, but we did nothing like this.”
Band members describe that performance — which includes intricate, swirling formations, solos on violin and guitar, snare drummers playing from the tops of ladders and choreographed flares of cymbals — as “so big you can’t watch it all.”
“There’s just so much going on,” junior marimba player Matt Skare said, “that you can’t take it all in, and that’s just huge.”
Another thing that’s huge: the crowd of 800,000 that will cheer them on to celebrate the new year.
“It still comes as a shock to me,” Monaghan said. “I’m going to the Rose Bowl parade. I’m marching in the Tournament of Roses.”
Graison Hensley Chapman is a Northfield freelance writer.