Lincoln-Way North High School senior Rachel Anderson will march in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. | Supplied Photo
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:02AM
Lincoln-Way North High School senior Rachel Anderson won’t be watching the Tournament of Roses Parade from home this year.
She’ll be marching in it.
Anderson, who plays the flute, was selected from hundreds of applicants to march in the nationally televised parade with the Bands of America Honor Band on New Year’s Day.
“The Rose Bowl is something everybody watches,” Anderson said. “To say I marched in that parade is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
She applied for the opportunity in February by submitting a recording of herself playing “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the song the BOA Honor Band will perform in the parade, as well as a few scales.
Anderson said it was an agonizing two months before she heard back from Bands of America.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I sent that tape in,” she said. “Kids from every state apply for this.”
But then, one day when she came home from school, Anderson’s mother cryptically told her to check her e-mail. There, Anderson learned she was headed to southern California to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
“I didn’t even know what to say,” Anderson said. “I was so excited.”
In California, Rachel will attend rehearsals with students from across the country, perform at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, and appear in the world-famous parade with the BOA Honor Band.
“Rachel is an exceptional student who works so incredibly hard to achieve her goals,” said Lincoln-Way North music instructor Kirk Hickman. “This opportunity is something Rachel completely sought out on her own, and threw all her efforts behind. She will represent Lincoln-Way very well in this timeless American tradition.”
The 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade will be broadcast nationally Jan. 1.
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