Stepping Up

Pasadena Tournament of Roses selects 20 marching bands for 2019 Rose Parade

The Tournament of Roses Association has selected 20 of the marching bands that will participate in the 130th Rose Parade, themed “The Melody of Life.”

The bands will travel to Pasadena from across the United States and places around the world, including Puerto Rico, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan and Sweden. There are two bands that will be added to the line-up when the universities participating in the 105th Rose Bowl Game are determined.

The 20 bands selected are: Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets, Montgomery, Alabama; All-Izumo Honor Green Band from Izumo, Japan; Banda Escolar de Guyanilla Puerto Rico; Banda  Municipal de Costa Rica, Acosta, San Jose, Costa Rica; Calgary Stampede Showband, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band, Mid-Atlantic Region; Florida A&M University, the Incomparable Marching “100”, Tallahassee, Florida; Flower Mound High School Band, Flower Mount, Texas; Lincoln-Way Marching Band, Frankfort, Illinois; Los Angeles Unified School District – All District High School Honor Band; Mercer Island High School Marching Band, Mercer Island, Washington;  Munford High School Band, Munford, Tennessee; Na Koa Ali’I-Hawai’I All-State Marching Band, Kaneohe, Hawaii; Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, Diamond Bar; Pasadena City College; Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band & Herald Trumpets; Pickerington Marching Band, Pickerington, Ohio; Royal Swedish Cadet Band, Karlskrona, Sweden; The Lassiter High School Band, Marietta, Georgia; The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band, Long Beach; United States Marine Corps West Coast  Composite Band, San Diego.

Throughout the year, bands organize fundraisers to support all necessary funds for travel and accommodations. In addition to marching in the five-and-a-half-mile Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, bands also perform in one of three Bandfest events scheduled for Dec. 29 and 30, 2018 at Pasadena City College.

Luscious Lashes

Pasadena-based Integrity Lash named one of America’s 200 best salons

Pasadena-based hair salon Integrity Lash was named to the list of the best 200 salons and spas in the nation by Salon Today, the leading business media for salon and spa owners. Owned by Tussanee and Paul Luebbers, Integrity Lash has been recognized by the list three years in a row.

The Luebbers were also selected to be featured on the Salon Today magazine cover, becoming the first lash salon to ever be featured on the cover in the trade magazine’s history.

The magazine’s 21st annual Salon Today 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January/February 2018 edition. The 200 salons were honored for their best business practices from applications submitted by Salon Today readers, who represent the 20,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.

The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories. Integrity Lash was honored in the following categories: Growth, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Inventory Management, Salon Culture and Technology.

Historic Homes

Pasadena Heritage announces annual Spring Home Tour to take place March 25

Pasadena Heritage has announced that its annual Spring Home Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 25. The self-driving tour features examples of noteworthy architecture and landscape design that influence each other and combine to create examples of perfect harmony.

There will also be a lecture and documentary screening. This lecture and documentary screening by author Kelly Comras: “Ruth Shellhorn, Mid-Century Landscape Architect” will include a screening of the documentary film about Ms. Shellhorn and a book-signing will follow the talk and film. Ruth Shellhorn, mid-century landscape architect who defined regional aesthetic of Southern California, is perhaps best known for her work on the Bullock’s department stores and her work with Walt Disney on the original design of Disneyland.

Tickets for the tour are $40 for Pasadena Heritage members and $45 for the public in advance, and $48 for everyone on the day of the tour.  Call (626) 441-6333 or visit