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Volunteer marching band aims for Rose Parade performance

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A nonprofit music group wants to assemble a marching band in hopes of playing at the 2011 Rose Parade.

Las Vegas Marching Arts will audition high school and college students in hopes of making it to California’s Tournament of Roses Parade, before the annual Pasadena Tournament of the Roses football game.

The nonprofit group hopes to assemble a 200-member Southern Nevada Marching Honor Band to apply to march at the parade.

Founder Randy Warner said he hopes to form the band and apply to march in the parade by this June.

On March 28, auditions will be held at Mojave High School, 5302 Goldfield Street, in North Las Vegas.

Woodwind and percussion tryouts are at 9 a.m. Brass and color-guard are at 10:30 a.m. Warner encouraged baton twirlers especially to audition.

He said the marching band would play a medley of Rat Pack hits and wear costumes inspired by that era.

“It’s going to be a salute to Las Vegas,” he said. “And the students will all be goodwill ambassadors for Las Vegas.”

With the Clark County School District budget slashed, music programs at schools are in threat of elimination, he said.

The LVMA is an out-of-school opportunity for students to showcase their talents.

Warner said LVMA will hold a “Spring Music Fling” fundraiser June 6 at UNLV in the Student Union Ballroom from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

He said the organization needs about $30,000 to send the band to the Rose Parade, if it is accepted, to avoid having the students pay their own ways.

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