Pride of the Dutchmen Band set to step off in Pasadena
By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The MOC-Floyd Valley Marching band has been busy preparing to step off Tuesday morning for the Rose Bowl parade. The Pride of the Dutchmen left for Pasadena last week.
To get everything so precise, it takes hours of rehearsal. Joseph Tolsma and the other 170 members of the MOC Floyd Valley marching band have mastered their turns, perfected their pitch, and have finely tuned their routine.
And now the Pride of the Dutchmen are ready for the biggest performance of their high school music careers. The Rose Bowl parade.
"Everyone knows the rose bowl parade and how much of an honor it will be so we want to be able to present ourselves well so we want to be the best that we can," said Paige Hubers, a MOC senior.
And the Dutchmen are among some of the best. The band is just one of 20 chosen from thousands worldwide to march in the parade. It's a big deal.
"All that stuff sort of came upon me and I just started realizing holy cow this is a way bigger thing that what I thought in the beginning," said senior Jon Janssen.
"It's a really big honor, this is going to be broadcast everywhere in the world, and it's crazy to think that small town Orange City is honored with this, for the second time actually," said senior Danielle Portz.
The first time was 20 years ago. And while the faces have changed since then, the tradition has stayed the same.
"It's a tradition you wear your Dutch costume" said Tolsma.
"We all wear hats just to show what the Dutch heritage is like," added Hubers.
And maybe the most unique part of that? The wooden shoes.
They'll ditch their sneakers and don their wooden Dutch shoes, a pair hand-painted for each musician.
"A group of ladies painted the rose bowl rose on each wooden shoe," explained Tolsma.
They'll march the 6-mile parade route in them, which is a feat in itself.
"Marching in wooden shoes for 6 miles is going to be quite a task," said senior Andrew Schuiteman.
"With enough socks, you can get through it," said Portz.
With each step, they'll proudly display their Dutch culture
But there's something else they hope will also shine through.
"That when we are marching down the street in wooden shoes that they can be surprised and say wow they do have something there and we are something in Iowa," Hubers said.
"Orange City might be small on the map but we've got a lot of culture we have a lot to offer," added Schuiteman.
It's the deep sense of pride they have in themselves, each other, and their community they want the world to see.
To catch the Pride of the Dutchmen marching band in the Rose Bowl parade... watch KTIV New Years Day. Coverage of the parade starts at 10, and the band will start their 6 mile march around 10:20.
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