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Lassiter Marching Band Coming Up Roses

The Trojans receive their official invitation for their fourth trip to the Rose Parade.

A special guest joined the admiring parents, faculty and friends at the in Mableton to hear the band's spring concert Friday.

Sally Bixby, the president of the 2013 Tournament of Roses, was on hand to present the band's .

The parade will be held Jan. 1, 2013 in Pasadena, CA, and be witnessed by hundreds of millions of people in person or on television.

“You should be proud as a community," Bixby said, to be represented by the .

Lassiter's three previous appearances came between 1988 and 2001, all under 30th-year band director Alfred Watkins.

Every year, roughly 80 marching bands apply to participate in the parade. The parade committee considers musicianship, marching ability, entertainment value and uniqueness to narrow the field to 13 participating bands.

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