Student Creates Tournament of Roses Art
Monday, December 17, 2018

When Lincoln-Way West junior Kylee Rinke isn’t in class or rehearsing for the Lincoln-Way Marching Band’s upcoming Tournament of Roses performance, she’s busy making stained glass pieces.

She’s spent about 75 hours in her family’s studio creating four customized Tournament of Roses stained glass pieces.

“I felt it was a great honor for our marching band to be selected for the Tournament of Roses Parade and I felt a stained glass piece would be a beautiful way to commemorate this once in a lifetime occasion,” she said.

Kylee received permission to use the official Tournament of Roses Parade logo and with a few modifications, was able to create a pattern. She created four beautiful pieces of art, three of which were raffled off to the public to raise money for the Rose Bowl trip. The forth one will be presented to the District.

She also made sure California never forgets when Lincoln-Way Marching Band played in the Tournament of Roses parade.

“At our community night, I had the privilege of meeting Rose Parade President Gerald Freeny. I was able to show him the stained glass that I had made,” Kylee said. “He was very impressed and he then commissioned me to create a personalized Rose Parade stained glass for his home in Pasadena.”

The band has been hard at work rehearsing for more than a year. Soon, all the hard work will pay off as America tunes in for the annual parade.

“While I am nervous to be seen marching by millions of people worldwide, I am very excited for the Tournament of Roses Parade,” said Kylee. “I will be able to have a rare and amazing experience with some of my best friends and family on this trip and I would not trade that for the world.”

Lincoln-Way Marching Band plays in the Tournament of Roses Parade at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day.