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Citrus College Hosts the Royal Swedish Navy Cadet Band
Glendora, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2018) – The Royal Swedish Navy Cadet Band, a symphonic wind band and one of three full-time bands of the Swedish Armed Forces, arrived at Citrus College on Christmas Day to prepare for its performance at the 130th Rose Parade on January 1, 2019.
Founded in 2002, the band is comprised of approximately 70 musicians, who traveled more than 5,600 miles from the band's base in Karlskrona, Sweden, to Southern California for the New Year's Day performance.
"Citrus College is proud to host the Royal Swedish Navy Cadet Band as they prepare to play in Pasadena before a worldwide audience," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "The band's choice to rehearse at our campus is a testament to our state-of-the-art facilities. I hope this collaboration inspires our students to recognize the opportunities that are possible while pursuing the arts in higher education."
The Royal Swedish Navy Cadet Band performs as chamber ensembles or as a full brass band, and plays at state ceremonies, celebrations and recruiting events. Last year, the band played alongside the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band at a large military music festival in China.
As part of their preparation for the Rose Parade, the band will be joined by the Blue Note Orchestra, a big band and jazz ensemble made up of Citrus College student musicians, for several joint rehearsals.
"We are thrilled about this opportunity to host the Royal Swedish Navy Cadet Band," said Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "This talented and respected band's visit to our country is reflective of the long and friendly relationship between the United States and Sweden. Citrus College is honored to play a small part in this continuing relationship by hosting the band."
The Royal Swedish Navy Cadet Band was the first band from Sweden to participate in the Rose Parade six years ago. Citrus College had the honor of hosting the group at that time as well. In 2012, the band participated in a musical workshop, which was directed by Bill Hoehne, director of instrumental music, and Bob Slack, the now-retired dean of visual and performing arts.