Pride receives Rose Parade invitation


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Last year the Pride of Broken Arrow deemed the title Grand National Champions and in reward for all of their hard work, they have been invited to the Rose Parade this upcoming January in Pasadena, California.

“I am looking forward to marching in the Rose Parade this coming January,” senior colorguard member Abby Cha said. “I’m excited to take on this once in a lifetime opportunity and proudly represent our band, school and state.”

This past weekend at the BA v.s. Owasso football game, during half time, the Rose Parade President, Brad Ratliff, presented the pride with the Rose Parade flag and formally invited them to the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade.

“The fact that the Rose Parade president flew all the way to Broken Arrow to formally invite the Pride to the Rose Parade is so humbling to say the least,” senior bass clarinet player Camden Crittenden said. ” None of us realize how much impact we have and the amazing opportunities we are given, and I think Mr. Ratliff flying here really showed how much we are appreciated and I was beyond honored that he would feel highly enough of us to travel here.”

Ratliff came to not only invite the Pride to the parade but also to see what being in Pride is all about. He got a clear picture after spending the weekend in Broken Arrow and interacting with the members.

“They’re the best field show/half time show band in the country right now,” Ratliff said in a interview with News on 6.

Members are happy that all their hard work paid off and are excited to go to California.

“It’s a really awesome feeling to be able to go to the Rose Parade after a year full of extremely hard work,” Cha said. “It’s nice to be rewarded with a fun trip at the conclusion of our season, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for our band program in the coming years.”

The Pride of Broken Arrow has put in countless hours of hard work over the years and marching in the Rose Parade this December is a well deserved and exciting reward for all their hard work.

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