Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The students are part of the Bands of America Honor Band and will participate in the Rose Parade for the second time during their high school years. Plus, a gallery of photos looking back on Lindbergh's participation on 1-1-11.
Lindbergh High School seniors Andrew Bushway and Rachel Pavelka have earned an opportunity opportunity to return to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2013. Both students were selected by Music for All to be members of the Bands of America Honor Band. They were selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in the prestigious national honor band. They originally marched together in the Rose Parade in 2011, when the Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band traveled to California for its second appearance as a collective group. See previous coverage: Lindbergh 'Spirit ' Band Comes Up Roses on 1-1-11 Percussionist Andrew recently participated in a workshop to prepare for the march, …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Robert Spiegelman, leader of the Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band, dies following weeks of treatments for lymphoma. He led the band in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.
Robert Spiegelman, the longtime director of the Lindbergh High School Marching Band, died Sunday following a long battle with cancer. He was 54. He never let the parade pass him by. Mr. Spiegelman was a tireless promoter of the high school's Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band, leading it to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA twice, in 2005 and again on New Year's Day this year. The weeklong Rose Parade trip at the end of 2010 was an especially poignant journey for Mr. Spiegelman who, despite suffering from lymphoma, was determined to make the trip to Pasadena and march alongside his band on New Year's Day. It was a personal triumph that he was able to walk almost all of the 5.5-mile parade route. "During the week's activities, …
Monday, January 24, 2011
Bob Spiegelman enjoys the support of friends, family and fellow band directors in his battle against cancer.
Friends and fellow band directors are rallying around Bob Spiegelman, the Lindbergh High School band director of 18 years, in his battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which has come back a second time. After a few days at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston he is back in St. Louis and ready to start treatment. Spiegelman found out the stem cell treatment he was hoping to have would have to be postponed until the lymphoma is gone. “It was tough hearing that,” he said. Kurt Bauche, longtime friend of Spiegelman and band director at Farmington (MO) High School, created a Caring Bridge Web site so Spiegelman’s friends can receive medical updates. “Bob comes to Farmington to get a taste of ‘the country,’ cutting firewood, then sitting in the hot …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The New Year's Day performance and the week-long series of events leading up to its appearance in the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade is described as the "experience of a lifetime."
The grand trip is over. The marching is done. The music has all been played. The sightseeing is finished. The Disneyland visit is over. For members of the Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band, the parade has passed them by. But the memories remain. The New Year's Day appearance in the the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, themed “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories," was a dream come true for the band, their parents and the band directors . . . and they are still talking about it. "I was just so proud of the kids," said band director Robert Spiegelman. The week-long Rose Parade trip and was an especially poignant journey for Spiegelman who, despite suffering from lymphoma, managed to walk almost all of …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Video of the Lindbergh High School Marching Band from its appearance at Disneyland prior to its participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.
Whether you were still asleep New Year's Day or just missed the Tournament of Roses Parade that was broadcast live from Pasadena, CA., here is a YouTube video of the Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band performing two songs on Disneyland's Main Street USA.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band has its big moment in the Pasadena sun on New Year's Day.
It was officially Entry #72 in the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year's Day, but for many in St. Louis, the Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band was the top attraction. The band followed the St. Louis float led by the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. Band parent Joan Spink reported that the Lindbergh contingent congregated at the halfway point of the 5.5-mile parade route. Band Director Robert Spiegelman walked the route ahead of the band on a sunny but chilly day. Spiegelman and the band had been preparing for months for the parade appearance, which culminated a week-long series of activities. Below are a few scenes from the parade, courtesy of the band's website www.Spiritstlband.org
Friday, December 31, 2010
Watch the Spirit of St. Louis Band in the Tournament of Roses parade, which is televised at 10 a.m. New Year's Day. And check back with Patch to see photos from the event.
The Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band was busy practicing, performing and having fun in Pasadena as it readies itself for an appearance in the Tournament of Roses parade New Year's Day. Cherie Ellis also has been busy recording the trip in photographs that can be viewed on www.Spiritstlband.org. A selection is reprinted below. Sally Tippett Rains has been in touch with those in Pasadena and reports a New Year's Eve party is planned to watch the ball in Times Square drop at 9 p.m. (Pacific Time). Then it'll be off to bed for the 200-plus band members who need to be up by 3-4 a.m. to ready by 5 a.m. to depart for the parade. The band parents will be up earlier than that. Look closely at the parade. There will be …
In a prelude to their appearance in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day, the band cruises down Main Street USA toward the Magic Kingdon
The Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band was all dressed up and stepping high as it performed at Disneyland after spending the day touring the theme park. It was a prelude to the New Year's day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday. Cherie Ellis has been busy recording the band's trip for posterity. Her images can be found on the band's website www.Spiritstlband.org. An assortment of her photos are part of the gallery below. Watch for more daily updates on Patch of the Lindbergh band leading up to it's parade appearance.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band has a day of sight-seeing and working on the Rose Bowl float for the New Year's day Rose parade.
Tuesday got off to a rocky start. The Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band was traveling in four buses in-and-around Southern California when the lead bus got on a freeway going south when it should have been going north. The other three buses followed. The 208 student musicians, with chaperones, are in Pasadena readying for a primetime performance in the New Year's Day Rose Parade. The local group is one of 15 marching bands selected worldwide for the parade. While the buses with students barreled southward, a couple of chaperones consulted the GPS on their cell phones and figured out the buses were all going in the wrong direction. Bus drivers turned around and started over, heading north. A day earlier, one of the …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A daily report from Pasadena where the Spirit of St. Louis Band is enjoying the city and preparing for Saturday's New Year's day Rose Parade.
The Lindbergh High School Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band is seeing the sights in Pasadena as it enjoys some sightseeing in advance of its New Year's Day appearance in the Rose Parade. "Bob made the trip out," reported band parent Gabrielle Shore, referring to band director Robert Spiegelman, who despite the cold temperatures and recent medical treatments was able to accompany to California. Shore provides much of today's report. Tuesday morning started with a big breakfast of bacon and eggs. Now the fun begins as the band will need its energy for all of the planned activities. A bus tour of the city will be exciting for the kids, as they will be driven down the parade route they will take on Sunday. There is a sharp turn for which they…