KAHULUI — Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui assisted Governor Neil Abercrombie in presenting a proclamation to the Maui High School Saber Marching Band and Color Guard at its “Parade of Dreams” Gala. The Lt. Governor also served as the honorary co- chair of the event with Mayor Alan Arakawa. The gala raised money for the band, who have been selected to represent the State of Hawaii at the 126th Rose Parade. The parade, which follows a 5½ mile-long route through the streets of Pasadena, California, has an attendance of over 700,000 plus a worldwide viewership of over 75 million people.
It will mark the first appearance by a Hawaii public school band since Pearl City in 2006. Maui High is also just the second neighbor island school selected for the prestigious parade. The Rose Parade is nationally televised.
In addition to Maui and Hilo, other public schools that have appeared in the Rose Parade include Kalani (1968, 1982), Roosevelt (1978), Pearl City (1980, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2006), Kahuku (1981, 1994), Mililani (1986, 1998), Castle (1988) and Moanalua (1990, 1995).
“I am ecstatic that the Maui High School Band has been chosen for a coveted spot in the 2015 Rose Parade. I’m very proud of the students and Band Director Wasano for this exceptional accomplishment. I look forward to seeing them proudly representing Maui and the rest of Hawaii,” said Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, a 1989 Maui High School graduate and former band member. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and I’m sure this is an experience the students will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Since 1950, when the Association began keeping records of band participants, 29 bands from Hawaii have appeared, which includes the Hawaii All-State band, slated to perform in the upcoming 2014 Rose Parade. The last neighbor island public school to participate in the Rose Parade was Hilo High in 1992. The Viking band also appeared in the 1971 parade.