The Royal Swedish Cadet Band has been invited to the world's greatest parade in Pasadena, California 2019! Without your help the band won't be able to participate and represent Sweden!
Out of hundreds of applications The Tournament of Roses Association selects the 15 best bands to participate and The Royal Swedish Cadet Band is one of them! In 2012 the band was the first swedish band ever to be invited in the parade's 130 years long history. We are so honored to now have been invited for a second time and been given this great oppurtunity to inspire a new generation of young swedish musicians.
The parade – described as America's New Year Celebration and greeting to the world will be viewed by over one million spectators along the 6 miles long parade route through Pasadena. It has the world's largest TV audience second only to the World Cup shown every four years. The Tournament of Roses Association is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization.
We are working very hard trying to raise the $300,000 required for the band to travel to California. The Band is run by the nonprofit organization Marinens Ungdomsmusikkår, with a board consisting of band members and volounteering enthusiasts. For the 90 young musicians and color guards, coming from a broad spectrum of socio-economic and family backgrounds, making the journey to California and participate in the parade would be a dream come true!
The Royal Swedish Cadet Band is a symphonic wind band with military traditions. The musicians come from all of Sweden to work in project form one weekend per month and has most rehearsals in the naval world heritage city of Karlskrona. The bands efforts results in several concerts, parades and other performances in Sweden and around the world. The Royal Swedish Cadet Band is the only young band in Sweden, alongside the former conscript bands, which has been approved for and performed at the ceremony of the Changing of the Royal Guards at the Royal City Palace in Stockholm.
The Band aims to develop and care for the Swedish wind music tradition and the naval music in particular. Through co-operation with professional bands and conductors in Sweden and abroad, the ambition of the nonprofit organization is to create best possible conditions for the band members to develop their musical talent and ability to safeguard the cultural heritage.
Help the Royal Swedish Cadet Band, you are our only hope!