Pamplin Media Group – Madras Group Director to March 2022 Rose Parade
Jared McFarlin, the group’s only director in Oregon, joins 280 others from across the country
Jared McFarlin, group principal at Madras High School, will join other group principals from across the country on January 1 in the Rose Parade at the annual Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. McFarlin will be the sole representative from Oregon.
“It has always been my dream to do this,” says McFarlin, who attended high school in Sumner, Washington. “They took part in the Rose Parade in 1998. Along with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it’s probably one of the top honors for a school group to parade.”
A bespoke animated float will lead a “Brass Band Directors’ Band” with 280 members from all 50 states.
The Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation, based in Pickerington, Ohio, is the sponsoring organization behind the project. The foundation was established to recognize and continue the work of the late Mike Sewell, who dedicated his life to school and community music programs in Pickerington and the central Ohio region for over 38 years.
McFarlin says their entrance includes a float so conductors can enter the parade without taking the place of a school orchestra.
“When the officials judge the tank, the whole group has to be there to play,” says McFarlin, “because we are part of the entrance to the tank”.
The entrance to the parade will carry the theme “American Orchestral Directors: We Teach Music.” We teach life ”.
Jared McFarlin has been a high school conductor for nine years, including seven at Madras High School. McFarlin brought the marching band back to MHS after a decades-long hiatus.
While at MHS, Jared led the music department to success, including a championship victory at the 2017 WorldStrides Heritage Festival in San Diego, California.
“I want you to know that I am walking because of you,” McFarlin tells his students. “If you weren’t here I wouldn’t be a director.”
In case you are watching, McFarlin will be playing the alto saxophone. “I will walk third row on the far right,” he said. “This is called the ‘right guide’ position.”
McFarlin would like to see the Madras group marching in the Rose Parade one day. “It’s an application process that has been in the works for several years,” he says. “We would like to develop our walking group, which is still in its infancy.”
Prior to coming to Madras, Jared taught at Lone Peak High School in Big Sky, MT, after moving from Washington State. He is thrilled to represent the State of Oregon at the Rose Parade.
Full details of the project are available on the Saluting America’s Band Directors website, BandDirectorSalute.org.
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