Friday, August 5 2022

MORGANTOWN/WEST UNION, W.Va. — Several West Virginians prepare to participate in Pasadena’s annual Rose Tournament, Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.

Bobbie Conklin, Shaylyn Dabbs and Jennifer Sager applied in early 2021 to participate in the parade.

Conklin will hold a banner and join his brother in the Ohio Belpre City Schools Marching Band. She resides in Morgantown and is Director of Business Development for Steptoe & Johnson.

“My brother and I are extremely close and we just lost our dad in November, so doing this together feels a bit different now, but I have it easy. All I have to do is to carry a flag for five and a half miles. Conklin continued, “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to do it as a family.”

Dabbs will play clarinet and represent the Doddridge County High School Marching Band. Dabbs is the only band manager from West Virginia to participate in the parade.

“I’m a little nervous obviously,” Dabbs said. “They sent music and there are several videos that we had to watch and learn walking techniques and maneuvers and everything, so we have to memorize four pieces of music and so the process is a bit rigorous especially at this time. of the year but it’s super exciting.”

Rose Parade in 2019 (Tournament of Roses YouTube)

She said it was the opportunity of a lifetime and that she would like to take the Doddridge County High School Marching Band one day.

“Emotionally, this will be a chance you will never have again. It will be super exciting and I can’t wait to experience it,” Dabbs said.

Jennifer Sager, the Band Director of Washington Irving Middle School in Clarksburg, will also be featured and will play clarinet in The Band Director’s Band during the parade.

Philip Barbour Group Director Victor Iappalucci will also be present.

You can look for them in the second hour of the parade on New Year’s Day. It will be on WBOY’s ABC and NCB stations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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