The Lincoln-Way Marching Band will soon host 1980s rock band Night Ranger in an effort to assist band members’ families in sending their children on a 2019 trip to Pasadena, California.
The band has been selected to march in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade, which precedes the Rose Bowl. But, it needs the community’s help to make the trip.
“It’s a really special experience for the students, and it’s a great way to support the community,” band director Justin Barnish said. “Only a certain number of bands are accepted to compete each year, and it’s an honor to be selected.”
All proceeds earned at the Saturday event at New Lenox Commons, 145-199 Veterans Parkway, will help offset the band’s expenses.
The LWMB has competed in Pasadena before in 1982 and 2000. This will be the first time the band has been able to march in Pasadena in 18 years. The band is a combination of students from all Lincoln-Way high schools.
The trip to Pasadena is an opportunity for the band to be able to compete against other national and international bands. Groups from Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Puerto Rico and Sweden have also been selected to perform during parade.
“Performing in Pasadena is an exciting opportunity, especially since it’s hard to get selected for the tournament,” soon to be senior, Alex Guzzo said. “Being able to march in front of hundreds of thousands of people, live, would be amazing.”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Night Ranger is expected to begin performing about 9 p.m. Before Night Ranger’s performance, the LWMB will kick off the concert at 6 p.m. Other bands will be performing after the LWMB, including Lever and I-Exist. The “Chicago Reader” voted Lever the Best Rock Band in Chicago.
During the event, food and drinks will be available to buy. Food vendors like Giordano’s, Gatto’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, Smokin’ Z BBQ, Creme of the Crop, Nothing Bundt Cakes and TCBY will be available.
Tickets are available online at lincolnwaymusic.org/concert or in person, the day of the concert at Gate 1, beginning at 4 p.m. Anyone unable to attend the concert who would like to support the band can visit the donation tab through the same website.