FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Los Angeles, CA – On January 1, 2022, Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) proudly cheered on Instructional Supervisor & Instrumental Specialist Dr. Franklin F. Gómez as he marched in the first-ever America’s Band Directors Marching Band during the nationally-televised 133rd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Band directors and educators across America (including guests from Mexico and Canada) joined together for this exciting event honoring the theme: We teach music. We teach life.
In addition to their historic march at the New Year’s Day parade, the ensemble performed in the Tournament of Roses BandFest and Float Judging, winning the Showmanship Award. Dr. Gómez shared, “This was my fourth time playing in the Rose Parade, but the first time not as a student. It was impressive coming together for the first time… it was truly an unforgettable experience representing ETM-LA in the over 270-member band.”
The 2022 Rose Parade’s theme – “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” – celebrated education’s ability to open doors, open minds, and change lives. Dr. Gómez reflected on his experience of being chosen to participate: “This was the opportunity of a lifetime and one that I will cherish, also knowing that performing was in honor of saluting all current and past music band directors of America.”
He added, “I am thankful for having the support of Education Through Music-Los Angeles to represent our vision and mission for what we strive for with our partner schools and our students, so that all students can attain a sequential and comprehensive music education.”
We congratulate Dr. Franklin Gómez and all the band directors/educators and thank them for their tireless dedication and inspiration!
To view photos and videos from this milestone event, please click here.
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Education Through Music-Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and promote music in under-resourced schools as part of the core curriculum for every child in order to enhance students’ academic achievement, creativity, and overall development.
For more information: www.etmla.org