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The Bulldog Marching Band will take on the Rose Parade for the second time in 2025

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The Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band (BMB) has been selected to perform in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in 2025.

The 2025 event will be the 136th Rose Parade and will take place in Pasadena, on Jan. 1.

This performance will be the second appearance in the program’s history.

This year on Jan. 2 the BMB delivered an exceptional 5-mile performance.

Steven McKeithen, associate band director, expressed his gratitude for being selected for the second time.

“We are honored that the Tournament of Roses committee felt that our band gave one of the best performances in recent memory and have invited us back,” McKeithen said in a public statement.

McKeithen noted that the bar is even higher now that the BMB has already performed an excellent show.

“The goal for the 2024-25 BMB will be to take our performances for this international event to a new, standard setting level. We look forward to the challenges of raising our already high bar for the second Rose Parade appearance in program history,” McKeithen said.

The BMB will make the journey to Pasadena once again with a positive, determined mindset.

Isaiah Vega, a band member in the trombone section, said he is excited to return to the parade for an experience he will never forget.

“We are going to be mentally and physically ready for what the parade offers. The 5 1/2 miles is a long one, but we will for sure be ready once 2025 comes around,” Vega said.

Vega said the audience can expect the usual BMB magic they deliver in every performance.

“The audience can expect the same energy and enthusiasm that the BMB brings to all the football games and events we attend,” he told The Collegian. “This is very exciting to be invited once again to the Rose Parade, having participated in the 2023 Rose Parade is an experience I will never forget and it’s going to be another special moment for sure!”

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