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Lincoln-Way Marching Band gears up for weekend

The Lincoln Way Marching band is show earlier this year during a practice for a performance at a Chicago White Sox game.
The Lincoln Way Marching band is show earlier this year during a practice for a performance at a Chicago White Sox game.

From Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, the Lincoln-Way Marching Band (LWMB) will be on a tight schedule.

Each year, the Tournament of Roses president travels to meet every band selected to perform in the Rose Parade®; in August, the LWMB will have its turn. Gerald Freeny, president of the 2019 Tournament of Roses, and his wife Trina, will arrive to meet with band directors, musicians and members of the Lincoln-Way area.

LWMB director is Bert Johnson.

On Thursday evening, the LWMB will performed a private rehearsal of their competitive performance for Freeny and his wife, family members and Lincoln-Way staff. Following the rehearsal, musicians will join the audience for an Italian meal in the Lincoln-Way East stadium.

On Friday evening, donors and sponsors will attend Emagine Theatres for a private showing of the LWMB documentary, “March to Roses.”

Those interested in attending may contact Johnson at bjohnson@lw210.org for details.

The documentary, produced by Concept One Media of Downers Grove, covers every aspect of the band’s journey to Pasadena. It will feature behind-the-scenes footage of band fundraisers, practices, parades and more.

Videographer and producer Scott Baker, who has documented the band over the last two months, is excited to present the preview to the audience.

Saturday’s events will invite residents of District 210 to attend the third annual Community Night hosted at Lincoln-Way East. Admission is free to all.

Freeny will attend and speak, followed by a full, uniformed performance by the LWMB. Food trucks from Joey's, Smokin’ Z BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Giordano's will be available.

Items for purchase will include Rose Bowl apparel, auction items and raffles; raffles include a variety of items from a hand-made, custom Rose Bowl stained glass (by Lotton Glass) to Chicago Cubs tickets. Proceeds from the items will help fund the LWMB’s Rose Parade® trip.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

For more information, visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

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