Lafayette sophomore tapped for Rose Parade national band

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Music for All has selected Claire Howell, a sophomore at Lafayette High School, to participate in the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade. Claire was chosen from among hundreds of applicants for this 300-piece national ensemble of winds, percussion, and a flag and dance team. Her band director at Lafayette is Chuck Smith and color guard instructor is Emily Duncan.

As a member of the BOA color guard, Claire will spend a week in southern California for rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and at Disneyland, special activities, and a featured appearance in the Jan. 2 parade. Bob Buckner, who recently retired as director of the Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band, will direct the 2017 BOA Honor Band. The event’s theme is “Echoes of Success,” and the 5½-mile parade along Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV, and Univision.

Bands of America is a program of the nonprofit Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations supporting active music making. For questions, contact marketing manager Erin Fortune at (317) 524-6218.

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