America’s Finest Performers set to March into 2019!

Some of America’s finest marching bands and performance groups will be welcoming in the New Year on January 1st 2019. Here’s a round up of all the American performance groups set to appear at London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

The Pride of Bixby High School Marching Band

Since its inception, Bixby Bands has been a cornerstone of its community for creating excellence and hardworking citizens.  In its recent time, Bixby Bands has won numerous state championships in both 5A and 6A-II Divisions in the marching arts. Bixby continues to develop its musicians and ensembles around the best literature, professional-grade master classes and performances, and an ever-increasing level of the highest musicianship and excellence.  That is the Bixby Standard!

America’s Clogging All*Stars

America’s Clogging All’Stars is a high-energy percussive dance group from the east coast of the United States, who specialise in a unique dance form called clogging. After PowerTaps clogged their way down the 2017 LNYDP parade route, cloggers were welcomed back to London for this year’s parade. This time, they have combined the talents of 8 competitive clogging teams to dance united in the 2019 LNYDP as America’s Clogging All’Stars. You will hear this group before you see them as they create captivating beats with their feet in a dynamic showcase of both traditional and contemporary forms of clogging.

Angelo State University Ram Band

The most visible ensemble on campus, the Ram Band provides spirit for and represents the entire ASU community at special events on and off campus, at all home football games, as the exhibition band at local compositions, and travels to at least one away game each year. The Ram Band entertains audiences by performing and executing at the highest quality both musically and visually while having fun in a family style atmosphere.

Archbishop Riordan High School Crusader Marching Band

Archbishop Riordan High School is an all boys, private, Catholic School in the Mariner tradition located in San Francisco, California. The school features an international boarding program for high school boys from around the World as well as the regular, local day students. The Crusader Marching Band is the largest performing group on campus and the largest marching band in the city of San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, and compete in band reviews where many awards have been earned.

Desert Mountain High School Marching Band

Desert Mountain is celebrating its 24th year as a High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Desert Mountain Bands and Orchestra heavily compete throughout Arizona and California, receiving outstanding performance captions and Superiors at Marching, Concert and Jazz Festivals. The Band and Orchestra consist of 9th – 12th graders and have performed in parades and events throughout the United States, including opening the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Disneyland in Anaheim California, the Pearl Harbour Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii and performed at the Arizona memorial commemorating the 50th Anniversary. Desert Mountain has also performed in parades in Italy, Ireland, France and at London’s New Year”s Day Parade.

Downers Grove North High School Trojan Marching Band

The DGN Trojan Marching Band is comprised of 200 student musicians from Downers Grove, Illinois. The band has performed throughout the United States and Europe, entertaining audiences at prestigious parades such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, the Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Indy-500 Parade, and the Chicago Jingle Elf Parade. The members of the band are pleased to return to the London’s New Year’s Day Parade in 2019, after previously performing in 2011.

Howlin’ Husky High School Marching Band

The Howlin’ Husky Marching Band from Overland Park, Kansas is a 220+ member ensemble consisting of students grades 9-12. The band enjoys performing at all home football games, two festivals, and various community events throughout the Kansas City area. The band is led by drum majors Emma Banegas, Nikhil Mathur and Calvin Winkler. Band directors are Adam Lundine and Melissa Askren. Colour Guard instructor is Megan Hennes. Percussion instructor is Craig Archer.

Kaleb Lee

Country singer, Kaleb Lee, first rose to fame earlier this year by reaching the semi finals of, America’s hit talent show, The Voice.

Born in a small, rural town in Western Kentucky, Kaleb Lee began singing and playing country music at a young age. From Marshall County tobacco fields to the shores of Daytona Beach, Kaleb’s passion for music and captivating performances have taken him to stages all over the United States.

During his blind audition on The Voice, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson both turned their chair, kick-starting his success on US national television.

Mountain View High School Spartan Marching Band

Mountain View High School is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. The Spartan Marching Band begins their season at a week-long Band Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains and performs in several competitive field show competitions throughout the Autumn. Band and Colourguard students have many opportunities to grow as performers, leaders and ambassadors to our school and local communities. The Band would like to thank the MVHS Instrumental Music Parents Association for their ongoing support and volunteer efforts! We are excited to perform in our first LNYDP!

Newark Charter High School Marching Band

Newark Charter High School runs a band program from Newark, Delaware, USA. Founded in 2013, the program has grown to include two full concert ensembles and a marching band with approximately 100 students involved in the program.

Most students have been involved in the NCS band program since they were 9 years old. They’ve received numerous awards for their musicianship and character throughout the years.

In 2016, they performed in Disney World (Florida, USA) and in 2017, they have performed in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ramona Bowl All Star Band

The Ramona Bowl All Star Band is a community band that was started in 2014.  The band director, TJ Hepburn, had been working on making the trip to the London New Year’s Day Parade a reality for several years when the Ramona Bowl offered to sponsor the community band.  Once the Ramona Bowl was on board, students were needed! Current band students as well as recently graduated band students from across the San Jacinto Valley signed up to take part in the inaugural Ramona Bowl All Star Band for the opportunity to march in the London New Year’s Day Parade on January 1, 2016.

Redlands ‘All-Star’ Marching Band

From Redlands, California, this group is made up of instrumental music students from three high schools in Redlands: Redlands High School Redlands East Valley High School, and Citrus Valley High School. Located in Southern California’s “Inland Empire”, Redlands is located approximately 70 miles east of Los Angeles, nestled at the base of the towering San Benardino Mountains.

Seabreeze High School Marching 100

Seabreeze High School is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, home of the ‘World’s Most Famous Beach’. The Seabreeze High School Instrumental Music Program is made up of nearly 200 students. The program ensembeles include the Marching 100, a Full Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band , Indoor Percussion and a Winter Guard. The program has consistently received Superior Ratings over that past 5 years with all of their performance groups. Recently the Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the Stetson University Invitational Honours Band Festival and the Marching 1– has performed at the Sugar Bowl halftime show in 2016.

Sussex-Hamilton Charger Marching Band

The Hamilton Charger Marching Band is just one part of a comprehensive instrumental music program that includes two concert bands, two jazz bands, pep band as well as numerous chamber ensembles and other opportunities. The marching band prides itself on establishing a tradition of high quality performances and experiences for the students as well as representing Hamilton School District. The band consists of 140 members and is supported by the Hamilton Band Booster organization, a group of dedicated and effective parents who help in many organizational and fund raising tasks.

The Cotton Candies Marching Krewe

We are a marching Krewe here to help the party people of Huntsville, Alabama and London get their groove on! Founded in 2014, The Cotton Candies are an award winning all-female marching Krewe with 40 members, parading in our signature PINK costumes and white boots. The minimum age to be a Krewe member is 25 years old. Our diverse Krewe encourages empowerment and self-confidence through performing. As a non-profit group we are continuing to grow our philanthropic community service and fundraising.

The Robert E Fitch High School Falcon Marching Band

Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut is home to the award winning Fitch Flacon Marching Band. Groton is nicknamed the “Submarine Capital of the World” because of the town’s long history of submarine manufacturing and United States Naval base. The band rehearses a field production throughout the summer and fall that combines both the aural and visual arts. The show is performed at all home American Football games in addition to weekly marching band competitions that are sponsored by the national organisation “Youth Education in the Arts”. The band also maintains involvement in the local community by performing in various parades throughout the school year.

The Spirit of Great Oak Band & Guard

The Spirit of Great Oak is from beautiful Temecula, California, located between San Diego and Los Angeles, California. It is known as Southern California’s Wine Country and home to the Luiseno Band of Mission Indians Pechanga Tribe.

Great Oak High School and the Spirit Band & Guard is completing its fourteenth year. While the school is young, our program has grown significantly and been recognised as an outstanding program throughout the State of California and Nation having earned superior ratings at concert festivals; medalists in the Marching Band, Drum Line and Winter Guard Circuits; and has hosted several guest composers and clinicians.

The Warriors of AniKituhwa

Everybody within our group is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from Western North Carolina. This dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance as described by Lt. Henry Timberlake in 1762. They are designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and are sponsored by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee is also represented by Charlie Rhodarmer, Director, he will be dressed as Lt. Timberlake walking with the Warriors.

Varsity Spirit All-American Cheerleaders, Dancers & Spirit Performers

Since 1974, Varsity Spirit has been the driving force in making cheerleading the dynamic, athletic, high profile activity it is today. By combining high energy entertainment with traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit has driven the development of cheerleading as an international phenomenon that now not only includes millions of young Americans, but also a rapidly growing number of participants Worldwide.

Varsity Spirit All-Americans include high school cheerleaders, dancers and spirit performers who qualified at one of the following Varsity Spirit summer camps: Universal Cheerleaders Association, Universal Dance Association, National Cheerleaders Association, National Dance Alliance and United Spirit Association. 

Vero Beach High School Fighting Indians Band

The Vero Beach High School Fighting Indians Band is one of the oldest high school bands in the State of Florida. Vero Beach is a small beach town located on the East Coast of Florida approximately one hour south of Cape Canaveral. The total band program at Vero Beach High School encompasses the 200 member marching band, 3 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, indoor colour guard and several chamber ensembles. Ensembles from Vero Beach High School have consistently received superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association State and District Assessments.

Walker Valley High School Mustang Band

The Mustang Band, from Cleveland, Tennessee is in its eighteenth year of existence. Since 2001 the band has grown from 80 to 278. Along with the marching band, the program includes three concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble, chamber music ensembles, and an active colour guard. The band has consistently earned superior awards in both the marching band and concert events. The Mustang Band takes great pride in entertaining thousands of spectators at football games and contests across the eastern part of Tennessee and North Georgia.

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