Mira Mesa High School Marching Band invited to the 2022 Rose Parade
On Friday, the Marching Band and Color Guard at Mira Mesa High School “Sapphire Sound” received an invitation to participate in the 2022 Rose Parade on New Years Day, one of 16 people in the world to receive the invitation.
Robert Miller, president of the Tournament of Roses personally presented the invitation to the school’s 133rd Rose Parade and presented a Rose Parade flag for the school to keep and display.
During the invitation event, the group performed several musical selections – including the national anthem – on the school football field. The Mira Mesa ensemble has 225 members.
“We are honored to receive an invitation to participate in the Rose Parade 2022,” said Jeanne Christensen, Group Director of Mira Mesa. “The students had so many obstacles to overcome for over a year, but they didn’t let that stop their dedication and focus.
“They’ve worked hard to do something they love and that’s the culmination of that effort,” Christensen said.
This will be the second time Mira Mesa High School has participated in the Rose Parade, following its first appearance in 2016. Prior to this appearance, the San Diego United School District had not held a school walk in the Rose Parade since Patrick High School. Henry in 1986.
Mira Mesa has been selected to participate in the 2021 Rose Parade, but the event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Pasadena Department of Health strongly encouraged participants to get vaccinated before the parade.
San Diego Unified also encouraged all families to get eligible students immunized.
“This is an incredible honor for the entire Mira Mesa High School program, the Mira Mesa community and San Diego Unified,” said Acting District Superintendent Lamont Jackson. “Receiving an invitation to the Rose Parade is a rare accomplishment.
“The fact that this is the second time the ‘Sapphire Sound’ Marching Band shows the true talent and dedication of the students, teachers and staff at this school,” he said. “Jeanne Christensen’s leadership reflects the spirit of Ubuntu: we are because she is.”
Mira Mesa is one of 16 bands from around the world invited to the Rose Parade, with representatives from as far away as Italy and Japan.
According to the Tournament of Roses, approximately 700,000 spectators are expected in the streets along Colorado Boulevard for the parade route of more than five miles.
To help fund the cost of the 2022 trip, the high school welcomes financial donations through a link on its website, miramesabands.org.