Remo Giant Gong Drums To Lead 2004 Tournament Of Roses® Parade
Valencia, Calif. – The most widely viewed parade in history will be lead by REMO with an incredible theme banner entry that will have audiences vibrating with the rhythm of the New Year. Featuring two eight foot diameter gong drums bearing the parade logo and the talented Tom Float marching ensemble, the group will awaken the nearly one million live viewers with impressive sights and sound.
The 115th Rose parade themed Music Music Music will take place on Thursday, January 1, 2004 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) featuring twenty-two spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units.
REMO’s gong drums were selected to kick off the parade by the Tournament of Roses committee. According to Joe Delgatto, Director of Floats, “REMO’s theme banner is going to start out the parade in a music, music, music, way!”
According to Remo, Inc Founder/Owner, Remo D. Belli, “I’m already convinced in of the power of music and the important role music has for everyone, everywhere. The public is now more accepting of the bigger idea, of music’s deeper and more important role in many facets of the human condition.”
The two gong drums will be played by music therapist Christine Stevens, of Stevenson Ranch, CA. and percussion professor Johnny Lee Lane of Indianapolis, IN. wearing costumes designed by the Cal Arts theatre department. The Tom Float ensemble, featuring nine percussionists will be playing a new product from REMO drum company, “Tunable SOUND SHAPES™” (TSS). These new lightweight, compact and versatile drums could potentially revolutionize marching percussion. In addition, six High School students will be “pullers,” assisting in keeping the amazing gong drums moving as the theme banner sets the pace for the entire Tournament of Roses parade.
The Rose Parade will be broadcast on ABC, NBC, CBS, Univision, HGTV, Telemundo, Travel Channel, Discovery HD and KTLA in the Los Angeles area. The Parade is also seen in 28 countries around the world.