Lincoln-Way Marching Band gears up for a special visitor/big weekend
Friday, August 17, 2018

From Thursday, August 23 until Saturday, August 25, the Lincoln-Way Marching Band (LWMB) will be on a tight schedule. Each year, the Tournament of Roses® President travels to meet every band selected to perform in the Rose Parade®; in August, the LWMB will have their turn. Gerald Freeny, President of the 2019 Tournament of Roses, and his wife Trina, will arrive to meet with Band Directors, musicians and members of the Lincoln-Way area.

“It is truly a unique experience and a privilege to have the 2019 Tournament of Roses president Gerald Freeny and his wife Trina take the time to personally visit our community,” says LWMB Director Dr. Bert Johnson. “They will have an opportunity to meet and interact with the Lincoln-Way Marching Band members, present the 2019 Tournament of Roses flag to the students and the school district, as well as see the Lincoln-Way Marching Band perform at the community night event."

On Thursday evening, the LWMB will perform a private rehearsal of their competitive performance for President Freeny and his wife, family members and Lincoln-Way staff. Following the rehearsal, musicians will join the audience for an Italian meal in the Lincoln-Way East stadium.

On Friday evening, donors and sponsors will attend Emagine Theatres for a private showing of the LWMB documentary, “March to Roses.” Those interested in becoming sponsors and attending may reach out to Director Bert Johnson at bjohnson@lw210.org for details. Media interested in covering the event may reach out to Taryn Atwell at tatwell@lw210.org.

The documentary, produced by Concept One Media of Downers Grove, covers every aspect of the band’s journey to Pasadena. It will feature behind-the-scenes footage of band fundraisers, practices, parades and more. Videographer and producer Scott Baker, who has documented the band over the last two months, is excited to present the preview to the audience. “It’s an incredible opportunity for the students and we are honored to be producing the documentary that will capture their journey for everyone to see and allow families to relive the specials moments forever," says Baker.

Saturday’s events will invite residents of District 210 to attend the third annual Community Night hosted at Lincoln-Way East. Admission is free to all. President Freeny will attend and speak, followed by a full, uniformed performance by the LWMB. Food trucks from Joey's, Smokin' Z BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Giordano's will be available. Items for purchase will include Rose Bowl apparel, auction items and raffles; raffles include a variety of items from a hand-made, custom Rose Bowl stained glass (by Lotton Glass) to Chicago Cubs tickets. Proceeds from the items will help fund the LWMB’s Rose Parade® trip.

“This will definitely be one more of the ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences that our communities will have because of the success of the students past and present in the LWMB,” says Johnson. “We all should be grateful to our students for such a tremendous achievement that is in turn bringing us all so much joy!”

Media outlets interested in speaking with Tournament of Roses’ President Gerald Freeny may request an interview through Taryn Atwell at tatwell@lw210.org.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®
The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 130th Rose Parade themed “The Melody of Life,” on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, followed by the 105th Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.