Monday, December 28, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Mira Mesa High Band takes off for Rose Parade, Disneyland performances on Tuesday morning

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, December 28, 2015


WHAT: Mira Mesa High School band and color guard leaving for appearance on Friday, January 1, in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

WHERE: Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road, San Diego, CA 92126.

WHEN: 6 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Band and color guard members, teachers and parents will gather at 6 a.m. for a 6:30 a.m. departure. Superintendent Cindy Marten is scheduled to arrive at 6 a.m. Media contact Russ Sperling is scheduled to arrive at 5:30 a.m. Media should gather in the school parking lot along Mira Mesa Boulevard, where the buses will be picking up the students.

DETAILS: The 250-member Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Band and Color Guard caps more than a year of preparation as they leave for an exciting New Year as part of the world-famous Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Band members, school staff and chaperones will be packing their instruments and themselves into buses for the trip early on Tuesday morning, December 29.

Lead by Band Director Jeanne Christensen, Sapphire Sound will also appear at the Pasadena City College Band Fest on Tuesday, December 29, and in the Disneyland Holiday Parade on Wednesday, December 30.

During the Tournament of Roses Parade, Sapphire Sound will perform their own arrangements of "America the Beautiful" and "Ode to Joy" along the 7-1/2 mile parade route.

Superintendent Cindy Marten will be on hand for their departure to salute the students, staff and supporters as they represent all of San Diego Unified and the county of San Diego. Visit the Sapphire Sound Band and Color Guard Facebook Page (

Mira Mesa is the first San Diego Unified School District band to be invited to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade since Patrick Henry High's appearance in 1983.

The Tournament of Roses Parade has a worldwide television audience and regularly features marching bands from all over the world. Mira Mesa will join the parade in its 127th edition, with the theme "Find Your Adventure." Grand Marshall Ken Burns will lead the parade; for a list of participants, visit the Rose Parade website ( Sapphire Sound will be performing for a crowd estimated to be 700,000 or more lining the parade route, along with a television audience of millions in the United States and more than 100 countries around the world.

MEDIA CONTACT: Russ Sperling, Director, Visual and Performing Arts Department, San Diego Unified School District, 619-571-6227.You are a subscriber to the news release mailing list for the San Diego Unified School District. To unsubscribe, send a message to "media@lists-sandi-net" with the word "unsubscribe" in the body of the message. For an archive of these releases, go to