Huntley High juniors Zoe Detlaf and Adam Sundling, along with sophomore Rachelle Jacobs, passed their audition and are in California for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. The trip will mark the first time that any of them visited the Golden State. The Rose Bowl is pictured in a previous year. | AP File Photo
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:36AM
HUNTLEY — When Huntley High School band teacher Nick Konwerski told his class about the chance to perform as part of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., three of his students decided they wanted audition for it.
Huntley High juniors Zoe Detlaf and Adam Sundling, along with sophomore Rachelle Jacobs, passed their audition and are in California for the big event. The trip will mark the first time that any of them visited the Golden State.
“We auditioned online to ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ by John Philip Sousa,” said Detlaf. “We had a few months to prepare for it.”
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and seeing the skills of other students,” said Sundling.
“This is an exciting experience,” said Jacobs. “I am very happy that I can share my excitement with others.”
The three students will perform with Music for All’s Bands of America Honor Band at the 124th annual Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 1. Music for All is a non-profit educational organization.
The honor band will feature 300 high school musicians and color guard performers from across the nation who all competed via recorded auditions. Yamaha Corporation of America will provide percussion and brass instruments. Band members will wear uniforms designed by award-winning designer Michael Cesario. Sundling said the parade is approximately a 4-mile march.
The band will be conducted by Bob Buckner, retired director of athletic bands at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.
In addition to the Rose Bowl parade, the band will march at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Band members will have the chance to spend a day at the park. The Huntley trio will also perform three musical pieces at Disneyland, including “Firework” by Katy Perry.
Detlaf and Jacobs play the flute. Sundling is a trumpet player.
“I picked the flute because my mom always wanted to play the flute but ended up playing the clarinet,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs said that her father, Scott; her sister, Emma, and her grandparents will fly out to California for the performances. Detlaf’s mother, Deborah, will be one of the trip’s chaperones. Family members of the students who will not fly out to California look forward to watching the Rose Bowl when it is aired on television.
Sundling said he wants to major in music when he goes to college.
Jacobs said she would like to major in music at college and possibly become a teacher.
Detlaf plans on majoring in theater and English with a minor in music.