By Greg Grisolano
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Band members Thomas Foster and Jacob Foster are hoping for better weather at next year’s Rose Bowl parade after getting rained on in 2006.
“I just remember being really wet, and it was really loud wherever we went,” said Thomas Foster, 17, a drummer in the Webb City High School Cardinal Pride Band.
Although not related, the Fosters share the unique experience of having marched in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade as eighth-graders in 2006. Now, as members of the Cardinal Pride Band, the pair will be going back to Pasadena, Calif., next winter, along with about 140 other band members.
The Cardinal Pride Band has been invited to march in the parade, which precedes the Rose Bowl, for the second time in school history.
“This is considered the biggest parade of them all,” said Diana Williams, director of bands at Webb City High School. “It’s quite an honor, especially with all the applications they receive. It says a lot for the kids and the community.”
The band is the only band from Missouri and one of only 15 bands that will march before an audience of more than a million people on Jan. 1, 2010. The Cardinals previously were invited to march in the parade in 2006.
The estimated cost of the trip will be $1,000 per student. Mike Moore, president of the Cardinal Pride Band Boosters, said the group will travel cross-country via bus this time rather than flying, because of the state of the economy.
“We’re looking at a 30-hour motor-coach trip,” Moore said. “The issue of fund raising, particularly in an economic climate like this, is challenging.”
Williams said the band members will be primarily responsible for raising the money to take the trip. She said the group is planning several community-oriented fund-raisers to help cover expenses.
“Every dollar will help,” she said. “A trip like this is not just a fun trip. Truly this trip changes lives. For a lot of these kids, it’s their first time out of the Four States.”
The first Tournament of Roses was staged in 1890 by members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club to showcase the mild winter weather of California, according to the Web site www.tournamentofroses.com. As part of the Bowl Championship Series, the Rose Bowl has been the host for the national championship game between the top two teams in the nation in 2002 and 2006, and it will be the host for the top contest again in 2010.
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