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For the thirteenth consecutive year, the London-based company Destination Events, in collaboration with the municipal administration of Frascati, will offer the Tuscolan citizens a selection of the best American high school marching bands and choirs.

The historic center of the city will be at the heart of proceedings – between Viale Vittorio Veneto, Piazza San Pietro and Piazza del Mercato – from 11.00-16.00.

Those performing include:
Detroit Catholic Central High School Marching Band, Gadsden Elementary School District # 32 Marching Band, Lambert High School Marching Band, Menchville High School Marching Monarchs, Schurr High School Spartan Legion and Shawnee Mission East High School Marching Lancers.

Mayor of Frascati Roberto Mastrosanti says the city will welcome the talented young students with open arms.

“It is a pleasure to find again this year the American bands that return to colour and embellish the billboard of events that the city administration has prepared for the holiday season.

“Many citizens, tourists and visitors are looking forward to this appointment which is now a great classic for Frascati. It is a different way to celebrate Christmas and greet the arrival of the new year, hoping it will be full of peace and serenity for everyone.

“ I thank Robert Bone for bringing this event back to our city. ”

Then, starting at 6pm, inside the Basilica of St. Peter the Apostle, there is to be a grand concert, featuring Hickory Ridge High School Choral Ensemble and Lambert High School Chorus and Chamber Orchestra will perform in a classical repertoire sui generis.

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PARTICIPANTS – Marching bands


Detroit Catholic Central High School Marching Band, from Novi, Michigan, performs and regularly achieves a Superior rating at Michigan School Band and Orchestra Festivals. They have performed nationally at the Hawaiian Invitational and internationally at London’s New Year’s Day Parade, La Grande Parade de Paris, Madrid’s Cabalgata de Reyes and the Rome New Year Parade & Festival in Italy. The Music Department consists of a full band and orchestra programme including: Beginning Band, Concert Band, Symphony Band, Marching Band, Jazz and World Drumming classes. Director of Bands Mr Greg Normandin, currently serves on the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Executive Board as VP of Orchestral Activities.
Catholic Central High School is an all-male high school founded in 1928 by the Basilian Fathers. Its current campus was dedicated in 2005 and has an enrollment of nearly 1,100 students.

Twitter: @DCCShamrocks
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The Gadsen Elementary School District 32 Marching Band is from San Luis, Arizona, which is located in the Southwest corner of the State on the boarder of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Mexico. Approximately ninety nine percent of the student population is of Hispanic ethnicity. This Marching Band has been highly recognised as both state and local levels; along with being awarded numerous first place trophies. They are the pride and joy of San Luis, Arizona. The Gadsen Elementary School District 32 Marching Band has participated in the Twenty-Seventh Annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival in London, England on January 1, 2013.
In the state of Arizona, Gadsen Elementary School District 32 is the youngest band to ever travel to Europe to perform. The age range is from 9 years old to 15 years old.



The Lambert High School Marching Band from Suwanee, Georgia, USA is a 200 member organisation that performs at sporting, civic, cultural, and competitive events throughout the World. Lambert has won four consecutive Bands of America Regional Class Championships, and multiple Georgia marching band titles. Our Winter Guard and Indoor Drumline have received numerous state and national awards and championships, and Lambert has had the most students selected to the Georgia All State Band for the past two consecutive years. The Band Program is under the Direction of Scott McCloy, Tonya Mashburn and John Mashburn. The Principal of Lambert is Dr. Gary Davison.
Lambert has performed, by invitation, in Washington D.C. for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, on board a Norwegian Cruise Line’s NCL and multiple performances in London, England for the 2015 London’s New Year’s Day Parade and Festival. We are honoured to be celebrating Lambert High School’s Tenth Anniversary with our performances in Italy and Vatican City.

Twitter: @LambertHSBand
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The Marching Monarchs are under the direction of Deborah L. Sarvay and hail from Newport News, Virginia. The Marching Monarchs are one piece of a comprehensive instrumental music program that includes a Symphonic, Concert, Jazz and Show Band along with a Percussion Ensemble and Orchestra. Monarch Bands consistently receive Excellent and Superior Ratings and have earned the distinction of being a Virginia Honour Band and a Blue Ribbon Music School.
We have represented Newport News, VA in the London New Year’s Day Parade twice and at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. The Marching Monarchs have a ‘Relay of Life Team‘, raising money each year for cancer research. We also lead the ‘Survivors Lap’ at this event each year.

Facebook: @menchvillehs


We are a high school marching band from southern California, USA. We compete in our region both in field competitions and on the street for competitive band reviews.
We are able to compete, perform, travel and engage our audiences primarily due to the massive amout of support we get from our parent booster club, The Schurr Music Boosters.
We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s Rome New Year Parade! We have never travelled this far from home and could not be happier to do so. Our last trip across the Atlantic was for London’s New Year’s Day Parade in 2013. We would like to thank you all for having us!

Twitter: @SHMusicBoosters
Facebook: @shurrhighmusicboosters
Instagram: @shurrmusicboosters


The Shawnee Mission East High School “Marching Lancers” hail from Prairie Village, Kansas, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The group consists of 100 members aged 14 to 18 and performs in local parades, at American Football Games, marching competitions and community events.
Jazz was born in New Orleans but it grew up in Kansas City. The Marching Lancers will be performing music written by Count Basie, Bennie Moten, Charlie Parker and more. Hard-driving swing, blues riffs and improvisation make Kansas City Jazz unique. We are looking forward to performing for you.
This is the Marching Lancers’ first time travelling abroad. We are looking forward to sharing our musical traditions with you while enjoying a new culture, making new friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime!

Twitter: @smelancerbands
Facebook: @smelancerbands
Instagram: @smeband

PARTICIPANTS – Concert Ensembles


The Hickory Ridge High School Choral Ensemble is a collaborative group comprised of students from three ensembles from within the HRHS Choral Department. Hickory Ridge High School is located in Harrisburg, North Carolina, and we are home of the Ragin’ Bulls! HRHS has a tradition of excellence in the fine arts, specifically choral music. Students have competed and received Superior ratings at state and national festivals for over a decade.
This will be the first international trip for the HRHS Choral Ensemble, but we are very excited to spend this first out-of-the-country trip in beautiful Rome!

Instagram: @hrhschorus


Lambert High School is proud that it is the first orchestra programme to be established in Forsyth County, Georgia. The Chamber Orchestra was established in 2011 and under the direction of Julie Rosseter and Elizabeth Alvarez, it has distinguished itself by its commitment to excellence, creative collaboration, and community service. The LHS Chamber Orchestra performed to great acclaim at the 2016 Magnolia Chamber Music Festival and later won the Grand Prize at the Feis Na Tara Music Competition.
In 2017, the orchestra played the Southeastern premiere of The Celtic Mass by Rick Holt. Most recently the orchestra was invited to perform with world-renowned composer and pianist, Malek Jandali, for the 2018 Pianos for Peace Festival.

Twitter: @LambertHSBand
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