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Kaiser Band to Perform at National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC | News

Members of Kaiser High School’s Catamount Pride Band will showcase their skills before a national audience at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC on May 27.

Local students were selected to represent Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-35th District) at the prestigious event.

This parade marks a milestone for Kaiser Band director Roberto Ronquillo and adds to the group’s rich history of excellence and performance on a national stage.

The full Kaiser band played in the annual Rose Parade in 2019. On several occasions, individual Kaiser students have been chosen to march with the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, including senior David Mireles (march snare) and sophomore Liliana Lobo (euphonium). this past January.

“This is another great achievement for our band, which has enjoyed incredible success in recent years,” said Kaiser director Dr. Christopher Hollister. “The band continues to take their talent and courage to new heights, and this achievement is something that I and the rest of the Kaiser community are very proud of.”

The National Memorial Day Parade serves as an annual tribute to fallen American heroes through personal narratives and moving performances, honoring their memory and underscoring the cost of freedom.

Kaiser will perform three pieces in the parade, including “The Loyal Legion” by John Philip Sousa, “Rhythm Madness” by Victor López and “Vehicle” by Jim Peterik.

“Being nominated by the congresswoman is a great privilege and honor,” said Ronquillo. “As a young band director, this is something I did not anticipate so early in my career, but my students demonstrate musical excellence and are excited to perform on a national stage.”

The parade, hosted by actor Anthony Anderson and sportscaster Joe Buck, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on May 27. The parade will be broadcast live online and on television.