Robin White to march in 2021 Rose Parade®
Local band director to join others from across the country to march in unprecedented marching band
Robin White, elementary band director and assistant band director for Belpre City Schools, will join band directors from across the country next January 1 in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Rose Parade.
A custom-designed animated float will lead a “marching band of band directors” up to 300 strong from across the country. The Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation, based in Pickerington, Ohio, is the sponsoring organization behind the project. The foundation was created to recognize and carry on the work of the late Mike Sewell, who dedicated his life to the school and community music programs in Pickerington and the Central Ohio area for more than 38 years.
The parade entry will convey the theme, “We teach music. We teach life.” The extraordinary dedication and accomplishments of band directors are well known to their students, to parents and to school teachers and administrators. No matter where they teach and work—public and private schools, colleges and universities, the military, community bands—dedicated music educators and leaders work long hours to not only teach and direct music, but to teach life itself. Student lives in particular are positively changed by a motivational leader who taught, inspired and mentored them.
White has been with Belpre City Schools for 18 years and has worked with the music department for the past 6 years. After funding cuts eliminated the elementary music department for several years, White was asked to take the position and rebuild the program. He now is the Kindergarten through 4th grade general music teacher and gives every child an opportunity to perform throughout the school year. He is also the beginning band director for grades 5 and 6 and annually has fifty plus students in his band programs. For the last 6 years, he has also been the assistant marching band director for the Pride of Belpre at Belpre High School. The Belpre Marching Band has grown from a membership of low twenties to a 56 member award winning band. White works closely with the rest of the staff to make sure the band continues to grow and succeed.
Complete details on the project are available on the Saluting America’s Band Directors website, BandDirectorSalute.org.