In step at Tournament of Roses Parade


By Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham - khawthorne@aimmediamidwest.com



James Sheets was selected to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in the Music for All Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band. Sheets is pictured second from right.

James Sheets was selected to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in the Music for All Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band. Sheets is pictured second from right.


Laura Sheets | Courtesy

While in California, Sheets performed with the honor band at Disneyland. He is pictured front row, second from right.


Laura Sheets | Courtesy

PASADENA, Calif. — A Meigs County teenager recently performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., in the Music for All Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band.

James Sheets, son of Jared and Laura Sheets, is a junior at Athens High School and is a percussionist under band directors Aaron Backes and Brandon Lias.

James said he auditioned for the honor band two years ago, at the beginning of 2020 before the pandemic, but his chance in the band was postponed a year to 2022. With the BOA Honor Band, he played the cymbals.

James spent a week in California practicing for the band’s performance at the parade and working one-on-one with the band staff. During his time there, the band also performed at Disneyland.

“[It’s] probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” James said. “I know I said it was life changing, but it really was.”

According to its website, Pasadena hosted the 133rd annual Tournament of Roses Parade this year. Every year, the parade is on New Year’s Day beginning at 8 a.m. for a 5.5 mile route on Colorado Boulevard. This year’s theme was “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” The parade preceded this year’s 108th Rose Bowl where the Ohio State Buckeyes edged the Utah Utes, 48-45.

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James Sheets was selected to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in the Music for All Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band. Sheets is pictured second from right.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2022/01/web1_Sheets-1.jpgJames Sheets was selected to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in the Music for All Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band. Sheets is pictured second from right. Laura Sheets | Courtesy

While in California, Sheets performed with the honor band at Disneyland. He is pictured front row, second from right.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2022/01/web1_sheets2.jpgWhile in California, Sheets performed with the honor band at Disneyland. He is pictured front row, second from right. Laura Sheets | Courtesy

By Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham

khawthorne@aimmediamidwest.com

Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, ext. 1992.

Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, ext. 1992.