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Roses Redux Deux

posted on January 8, 2022

A large mailing tube showed up at the Cartoon Castle yesterday. Inside were the Funky banners that marchers carried in the Tournament of Roses parade! I thought this was a very cool gesture on the part of the Saluting America’s Band Directors crew until I saw what was on the back.

The back featured the signatures of all of the band directors who marched in the parade! This kind and generous gesture took things from cool to… actually, I’m at a loss for words to express how wonderful it was to see all of those names. I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate Funky’s 50th! My congratulations go out to everyone involved with the SABD project for pulling off this great tribute to America’s band directors… as well as my thanks for inviting Harry L. Dinkle, the world’s greatest band director to their party!

Rose Parade Redux

posted on January 7, 2022

It’s pretty amazing to think that Harry L. Dinkle, The World’s Greatest Band Director, has had a chance to make a return appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade. As the official band chaperone, Harry has lead both of us to some pretty cool places and honors. Thanks, Harry.

Tournament of Roses Parade Sneak Peek – 8

posted on December 29, 2021

New Year’s Day and the Tournament of Roses Parade are almost here. In this final sneak peek, here’s one more shot of a part of the float which is now having its flowers applied as well as the third and final Funky banner that will follow the float. As I previously stated, it’s a terrific honor to have Funky’s (and Band Director Harry L. Dinkle’s) 50th anniversary included in this Salute to America’s Band Directors and I wish everyone involved the happiest and safest of New Year’s celebrations. And New Year’s cheers to all of my Funky readers!

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