Tournament of Roses President meets Baldwinsville band members, tours Central New York

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BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – With only 217 days before the Baldwinsville Marching Band takes its talents to Pasadena, California for the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Parade, the band members are still fundraising to get themselves there.

To help drum up support, the President of the Tournament of Roses Association is in Central New York.

Laura Farber started with the Rose Parade 26 years ago as a volunteer, working her way up to being president.

That job comes with the opportunity to visit the homes of bands the committee selected for the January 1 parade — communities all over the world. Beyond Baldwinsville, Texas, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Denmark and Japan.

Farber says, “Our purpose is to go to the communities to help the bands get notoriety, raise money, help with future recruitment.”

Farber is getting a tour of Central New York too. Baldwinsville Band Director Casey Vanderstouw has taken her to the Eastman House in Rochester, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, the gorges of Ithaca and Doug’s Fish Fry.

She’s learning about Baldwinsville’s home, but she’s ready to welcome the students to her’s – Pasadena.

She says, “To let the community know how special this is, get them excited, get everyone excited about Baldwinsville. It’s going to be on the map like it never has before because the Rose Parade is an international stage and platform, viewed all over the world. It’s going to be a life-changing experience.”

People who want to help the Baldwinsville Marching Band get to Pasadena can donate on the band’s GoFundMe page.

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