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12/28/04-White Oak

Teen Continues 35-Year Tradition At Rose Bowl

Roughneck pride has run through the Hawthorne family for two generations. They have the White Oak letter jacket and logos to prove it.

Sabrina and Jerry marched with their high school band in Pasadena's 1970 Tournament of Roses Parade. And on January 1, 2005, their 17-year-old son, Rance, will make his way down the same streets of Southern California with trombone in hand.

"I remember that," Rance's mother said. "I'll remember turning that corner. I'll remember those people. So yes, probably so. A little trip down memory lane."

Instead of marching with fellow classmates, Rance will be playing with 330 strangers from around the country. They're all part of the Bands of America Honor Band, selected by audition only.

The members have five 16-hour days this week to get their music and formation together. And Mom is checking their progress online daily. She hopes Rance is ready for the grueling 5-mile march.

"It was a long parade," she said. "It was very tiring. My feet hurt for days afterwards. It was rough. We thought we had prepared and we weren't ready."

The Hawthornes are, no doubt, proud of their son. They'll be glued to their TV screens Saturday morning.

"We're excited for him," Sabrina said. "I hope he appreciates the tradition. He might not now, but I think maybe when he has kids, you know, he'll look back and say, you know, I did that. And maybe his kids will march in it one day."

And continue the tradition of music.

The grand marshal of this year's parade will be Mickey Mouse. When Rance's parents marched in it in 1970, the grand marshals were the Apollo 12 astronauts.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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