GRAFTON—The Saluting America’s Band Directors project has assembled band directors from across the country to march January 1 under the theme, “America’s band directors: We teach music. We teach life.”
Victor Iapalucci, Grafton resident, and Band Director at Philip Barbour High School, has been selected to join a marching band of 270 band directors from across the country in the Pasadena Rose Parade® on January 1, 2022. The band will accompany a colorful, animated float along the 5.5-mile parade route.
The Saluting America’s Band Directors parade entry will convey the theme, “America’s band directors: We teach music. We teach life.” to recognize the extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of band directors and music educators everywhere. Throughout their careers, the music educators in this band have collectively mentored and taught hundreds of thousands of students. These professionals not only teach and direct music, they teach about life itself.
According to Iapalucci, “Band and music education is about so much more than just the notes on the page; it’s about working cooperatively to achieve a greater good, a valuable skill in school and in life.”
The band will be directed by nationally known music educator and innovative band director Jon Waters, who will also direct rehearsals and a Bandfest performance in Pasadena.
The sponsoring organization behind the Saluting America’s Band Directors project is the Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation, based in Pickerington, Ohio. The foundation was created to recognize and carry on the work of the late Mike Sewell, who dedicated his life to the school and community music programs in Pickerington and the Central Ohio area for almost 40 years.