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Baldwinsville Marching Bees make history in Pasadena

The Baldwinsville Marching Bees took part this morning in the 131st annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

It was the first time the band has been invited to the international event and the first band from New York State to take part in the event in more than 20 years.  

“It was awesome,” said Band Director Casey Vanderstouw. “A dream come true.”

More than 130 Baldwinsville Marching Band members traveled to sunny California for the event.

The parade route, which was more than 5 miles, was challenging, but worth every step.

“It hurt. It was a lot of uphill, which also hurt,” said Cameron Cartier, a senior trumpet player. “But we did well.”

Katie Tokaryk, a senior, said the parade was exhilarating.

“It felt amazing,” she said. “I have so much pride for our program.”

Senior drum major Viviana Vanderstouw said she was emotional on the parade route.

“As soon as we reached the stand where all the parents were and they all freaked out, I shed a tear because I saw all the pride in their eyes,” she said. “We were really doing it for them and our community.”  

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