Marion teenager selected to join Rose Bowl Parade

The Salvation Army in Marion has announced that a local teenager has been selected to participate in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade. Katelyn Knickerbocker has been selected to join over 200 other young people and adults from all over the United States to march with The Salvation Army’s Tournament of Roses Band.

The band is one of the longest standing marching units in the annual parade.  Musicians from across the country are invited to apply for the honor of participating.  Knickerbocker will be one of only four selected from the State of Ohio.

Knickerbocker, who has played the Cornet from a young age, is very excited to have been selected.

“I love music and playing my instrument,” she said, “it is just an unbelievable feeling to be able to go to the Rose Parade and represent The Salvation Army and the community of Marion, Ohio.”

In addition to this honor, Knickerbocker is also active with other brass bands including The Salvation Army Divisional Band, The Chapel Brass in Columbus and she participates in an annual weekend with The Salvation Army’s world renowned New York Staff Band.

She has also previously played in the Marion Harding Marching Band.

Rose Parade band members will travel to California after Christmas to spend days in rehearsal and training to be prepared for the five and a half (5.5) mile parade route.  The annual Tournament of Roses Parade is a holiday tradition and it is broadcast by a number of television and media outlets on New Years Day.

“Watch for me on parade day,”said Knickerbocker, “If I’m not playing my instrument, I will be the one with the big smile on her face.”

For more information about The Salvation Army, you can call their offices in Marion at 740-382-2156.

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