By Nick Robinson, intern, county10.com
(Riverton, Wyo) – Jayden Myers, 18, a 2012 Riverton graduate, marched in the Rose Bowl Parade on January 1, 2013 with the 240 person Pasadena City College Honor Band. This was not the first time this flautist marched down the 6-mile parade route in Pasadena, Calif. Her first time through was in high school with the approximately 200 person Wyoming All State Marching Band in 2011. According to her grandmother, Patti Jo Baker, this is when Jayden decided she wanted to attend school in California.
The parade had a sense of familiarity the second time through, Myers said. “It went by faster and it seemed really familiar,” Myers said. In preparation, Myers began rehearsing two months ago with her band. Once December rolled around, rehearsal was every day in the stadium. Myers and other band members marched and practiced their field show routine. To march in the Rose Bowl parade, bands must first submit an application and later be invited. This year, 21 bands marched in the parade.
Myers, an education major at Pasadena City College, was able to mentally prepare for the parade this time around.
Two weeks before the parade she was able to go and get a feel for the area once the stands were set up.
Performing in Bandfest at her college and marching in Disneyland were also on Myers holiday itinerary. The Pasadena Honor Band put on three performances in a two day window in Bandfest. Myers enjoyed taking music classes during her first semester of college and is excited to go back in the spring.