Fayette County senior selected to join honor band in Rose parade

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Fayette County senior has been selected out of hundreds of applicants across the country to represent Kentucky in a big parade next year.

Sarah Howell is a student at Lafayette School For The Creative and Performing Arts.

She’s one of a few talented students picked to perform in the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

This will be the first time that Howell gets to perform in the parade, but she’s not the first in her family to go to California for it.

Her three siblings have each gone and performed, a rarity that’s become a family tradition for the Howell family.

Sarah is a pianist by training, but she was selected to perform in the parade by auditioning as a percussionist.

Every year, the Bands of America Honor Band, selects 300 ensemble members from around the country to be a part of this big televised parade.

Originally Howell was supposed to go this past January but the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

She says the delay is bitter sweet.

“Now that it’s been pushed back a year the excitement has been even more and I’ve made a lot of friends already and we’ve stayed in touch because it’s been pushed back a year so I’m very excited to meet everyone finally I feel like it will be bitter sweet,” says Howell.

You can catch Sarah at the parade that will be televised on New Years Day 2022.

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