The 220 member Lafayette High School Band is preparing for its upcoming performance in the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Lafayette is the first Lexington band to appear in the event, according to a press release.
Lafayette is Kentucky's largest high school marching band and a 17-time state champion.
The Tournament of Roses Parade is seen by approximately one million in-person spectators, a domestic television audience of over 40 million and an additional estimated 350 million viewers in over 100 countries, each New Year’s Day.
250 fans of the Lafayette Band will also be making the trip to Pasadena to show their support.
The bands perform under the direction of Charles M. Smith and Dr. Terry Magee.
The Lafayette Band is encouraging alumni and supporters to make individual donations to its fundraising effort by visiting its website, www.lafayetteband.org.