PASADENA, Calif. — Clinton-Massie senior Tony Morris was part of the Bands of America Honor Band that marched in the 133rd Parade of Roses on New Year’s Day.
At the Parade of Roses, Morris joined just over 300 other students representing all 50 states in the country.
The students worked diligently for five days to learn four different musical arrangements and marching formations for the parade.
“It was an honor to be selected among the top in the nation. It was an amazing experience,” Morris said.
His primary instrument is the clarinet, but he also plays the oboe, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone.
He auditioned to earn his place in the Bands of America Honor Band.
At Clinton-Massie, Morris was the assistant field commander for the 2021 season.
He has been a member of the marching band for five years and a member of concert band for six years.
A New Year’s Day tradition, the Rose Parade travels 5½ miles down Colorado Boulevard. Actor, director, educator and lifelong children’s literacy advocate LeVar Burton was the 2022 Grand Marshal.
There have been 133 Rose Parades and 108 Rose Bowl games.