October 5 is UCLA High School Band Day!

The Samohi Viking Marching Band (VMB) & Color Guard will perform a halftime show with 20 other high school marching bands and “The Solid Gold Sound” UCLA Marching Band at the October 5 UCLA football game vs. Oregon State. Kickoff time is 6 pm. VMB students will have free admittance to the UCLA football game. See full itinerary below.

VMB Students will meet at Samohi on Saturday morning and ride buses to the Rose Bowl. After rehearsing with The Solid Gold Sound, the Samohi students will be served lunch with water (provided), and then get dressed in their competition uniforms.

Students should arrive at Samohi on Saturday morning wearing the Viking helmet rehearsal shirt with shorts or close-fitting leggings and bringing snacks, black socks and Dinkles. For the performance, they will wear the uniform pants and jackets, and Dinkles with black socks — no hats, gloves, or gauntlets. Color Guard students will receive instructions from their coach on what to wear.

As they prepare to enter the stadium, each student will be given a clear plastic drawstring backpack with two bottles of water. Students will be instructed NOT to open the water bottles: The Rose Bowl has a strict clear bag policy, and limits on the amount of liquid that can be carried inside. Water bottles must either be empty or have an intact factory seal.



The bags the students carry will be large enough to hold snacks, spare jackets, and other items for use after the halftime show. Marching uniform pants have pockets that can be used for safekeeping of cellphones, money, and/or or small wallets.


10:30 am — Call time at Samohi
10:30 – 11:00 am — Load the U-Haul with larger instruments
11:15 am — Buses depart Samohi for Rose Bowl
12:30 pm — Buses arrive at Rose Bowl and park
12:30 – 1:15 pm — Students eat lunch/snacks they bring with them. No food will be provided at this time. Volunteers will set up tables with water and lemonade.
1:30 pm — Line up for rehearsal
2:00 pm — Rehearsal
4:00 pm — Return to buses after rehearsal. Eat lunch (provided).
4:30 pm — Change into uniforms
4:45 pm — Line up to enter the Rose Bowl
6:00 pm — Game starts
7:30 (tentative) — High school bands perform during half time
8:00 pm — Return to the buses, change out of uniforms
8:30 pm — Buses depart from Rose Bowl
9:15 pm — Buses arrive at Samohi. All students are expected to help unload the U-Haul.



Tickets to the Game:

Parents can buy their own tickets to watch from the stands; all marching band students have free entry and will depart from and return to Samohi. The students will sit in either the north end zone (Gate N / Sections 11 & 12) or south end zone (Gate A / Sections 25 & 26). We will not know where Samohi will be seated until they enter the stadium on game day; however, tickets for both end zones are General Admission, and you can sit in either end zone after purchasing your ticket.

Here are three ways to buy tickets:

The bands will perform facing the WEST/Press Box side. On the west side, there are seats with backs and arms in sections 16-21. Bleacher-only sections are Sections 8-15 on the north side, including General Admission-North, and Sections 22-28 on the south side, including General Admissions-South.

Note: All visitors must follow the stadium rules and clear plastic bag policy.


1) Parking in Pasadena with Free Shuttle (Recommended): Parking is available at the Parsons Corporation complex parking lot in Pasadena. Pay $15 cash when entering the lot. From the Parsons Lot a FREE round trip shuttle service is available to the Rose Bowl Stadium’s Lot B. Shuttle service to the stadium begins three (3) hours prior to the start of the event or kick-off. The shuttle service runs continuously until about one hour after the end of the event or game.

Don’t worry about long shuttle lines at the end of the game. The lines move very quickly.

You do not need to pay for parking in the Parsons Lot to board the FREE shuttle! If you don’t mind a longer walk, you may park in Old Pasadena (look for daily parking sales) and walk to the shuttle stop at the Parsons Lot. It’s a good idea to arrive early and eat in Old Pasadena before taking the shuttle to the Rose Bowl.

Directions to Parsons Lot in Pasadena:
Take I-10 E to CA-110 N toward South Pasadena. Merge onto S. Arroyo Parkway (110 Freeway ends). Continue NORTH on S. Arroyo Parkway to E. Colorado Blvd. Turn LEFT on E. Colorado Blvd. Turn RIGHT on Fair Oaks Avenue. The entrance to the Parsons Lot is on Fair Oaks Avenue. TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Please do not use the address of Parsons Corporation to drive to the location, as the address is on Walnut Avenue and there is no access to parking lot from the Walnut Avenue side of the complex. Please use Fair Oaks Avenue to access the Parsons parking lot.

2) Parking at the Rose Bowl (Minimum $25):
The lots closest to the stadium (Lots 1-10 & A-G) are reserved for season ticket holders. Sometimes they sell their parking passes online on StubHub and other ticket trading sites.

Parking in Lot H, Brookside Park and the Golf Course (Lots I & J) are sold by the City of Pasadena on game day. The cost posted for September 19th is $25. Lots open six (6) hours prior to kick-off. Handicap parking (Lot H) is available immediately adjacent to the Rose Bowl Stadium, and vehicles must display a valid State of California handicapped placard and registration upon entering these lots.

Directions to Rose Bowl General Parking:
Take the I-10 Freeway EAST. Take the 110 NORTH. Take the 2 NORTH. Take the 134 EAST. Take the 210 EAST. Exit Berkshire, Arroyo/Windsor or Lincoln Avenue/Washington Boulevard. Proceed to parking lots as directed.

Rose Bowl Parking Lot Map

Public Transit:

– takes about 1 hour 45 minutes from Santa Monica:
Take the Expo Line from Santa Monica towards Downtown Los Angeles.
Exit at 7th Street/Metro Center Station.
Transfer to the Red or Purple Line heading towards Union Station.
Exit at Union Station; go upstairs into the main terminal and look for signs to the Metro Gold Line heading towards Azusa.
Take the Gold Line to Pasadena’s Memorial Park Station.
Walk to the Parsons Lot (see map above) to take the free shuttle to the Rose Bowl

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