What a sight! Nearly 1 million Parisians and other European and USA tourists turned up on the Champs~Elysees, to bring in the new year, and leading the parade was the Riverside City College “All Star” Band! The 1.5 parade route, from the Place de Concord to the Arc di Triomphe, held on the most famous boulevard in the world, was overrun with revelers and well-wishers, many who shouted “thank you for being here” and “God Bless America” as the 225-member “Marching Tigers” made their way up – and then back. (that was also a first!)
The Marching Tigers’ Gary Locke plans to retire after 32 years of leading the Riverside City College band. But before he goes, he’ll head the ensemble’s trip to Paris on Dec. 27 for a lead role in an epic New Year’s Day parade.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! And then plan to join the Riverside “All Star” Band, as they host
This exciting night of band performances will feature: Fallbrook HS Band (headed to London), the Ramona Bowl “All Star” Band (headed to London, the Riverside “All Star” Band (headed to Paris), the Great Oak HS Band (headed to Paris) and special guests – the 222-member RCC “Marching Tigers,” in their final performance of the fall season AND their final performance under the direction of Gary & Sheila Locke.
If there’s a celebration somewhere in the world, chances are that RCC has been invited to be in it and this year is no exception! In an unprecedented ’11th hour decision,’ the Pasadena Rose Parade committee decided to ask the RCC Band to be a part of the ‘closing show,’ to add some pizazz to the 2 1/2 minute ‘grand finale’ presentation, to be seen on national television, on January 1, 2015 at 9:52am.