Sunshine and roses at Reagan HS after band selected to perform in Rose Parade

Parade set for Jan. 1

SAN ANTONIO – It's a big honor for the Reagan High School band.

The group has been invited to perform at the Rose Parade in California.

The parade's theme will be "making a difference," and that's just what the Reagan band said it has done.

Last year, out of the seven traditional high schools in the North East Independent School District, students at Reagan amassed the most volunteer hours overall.

This is not the first time the high school has performed in the annual parade.

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The president of the Tournament of Roses came to the school Monday to present the official Tournament of Roses flag to the band.

"These are people that don't want any recognition. That don't want any reward. They're just people that step forward when others step back," president of the Tournament of Roses Lance Tibbet said. "The one love story that they were telling about, making a difference in the community and being one community, that was important to us and we wanted to share that."

Bands are selected by the Tournament of Roses based on several factors including, musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value.

The 129th Rose Parade is set for Jan. 1 in Pasadena, California.