Tournament of Roses President Visits WHHS

Tournament of Roses President Visits West Harrison High

West Harrison High welcomed a very special guest this past weekend. As you know, the West Harrison Hurricane Band will be marching in the 131st Rose Parade® on January 1, 2020, in Pasadena, California. West Harrison is only the second high school band from Mississippi chosen for the prestigious parade in the last 20 years.

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On August 3rd, Tournament of Roses President, Laura Farber, visited WHHS to officially invite “The Pride of South Mississippi” to participate 
in the Rose Parade. The program included a band rehearsal with Mrs. Farber, special flag presentation ceremony, and a preview show at West Harrison.  The special invitation and personal visit by Mrs. Farber was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the West Harrison Hurricane band members.

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The band was formed from FEMA grant money after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The school also serves as a FEMA-certified hurricane shelter. With a school population of just over 1,000, there are more than 200 students in the band. The band’s motto is, “Be a great musician, be a better person.”

West Harrison Hurricane Band

The band is best known for its entertaining, energetic, and original halftime performances and is comprised of a very diverse group of students who also volunteer their time in the community. West Harrison Hurricane Band has started raising money for the trip to Pasadena and will be reaching out to the local community with various fundraising opportunities every month.

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