Brian Mellstrom and Joshua Spry will be closer to the Tournament of Roses Parade than anyone else on New Year's Day — without having to camp out the night before.
Brian and Joshua, both La Cañada High School students, will be marching in the parade after being chosen for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. The honor band includes Pasadena City College's band and a selected group of talented high-school musicians.
"I was just amazed I was chosen and that I'd be able to perform in the Rose Parade," said Brian, 16, who is in the 11th grade. "It feels cool to be seen as one of the best."
Both Brian and Joshua play the trumpet and are part of 140 other high-school students chosen for the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. Approximately 500 students auditioned for the band.
"It's fairly competitive but it can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these kids," said Kyle Luck, director of the Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band.