Eaton High School’s Sapphires drill team to perform in Rose Parade
Eaton High School’s Sapphires drill team to perform in Rose Parade
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Eaton Sapphires

The Rose Parade has invited Eaton High School’s Sapphires drill team to perform in its annual ceremony on Jan. 2, an honor bestowed upon few fine arts groups across the nation.

As part of the 128th annual parade, the Sapphires will perform with 250 of the top dancers from the state of Texas. The Sapphires were chosen from more than 10,000 participants in summer camps hosted by HTEDance, the selecting organization for the Sapphires’ inclusion, during 2016.

This season’s Rose Parade will take place 9 a.m. Jan. 2 in Pasadena, Calif., and be broadcast live on several major television networks. The parade precedes the annual Rose Bowl Game, which is part of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision’s top slate of postseason games.

Tami Prevett, director of the Sapphires and a dance teacher at Eaton, said her squad’s inclusion in the parade represents a strong start for the second-year school’s drill team.

“It’s a tremendous honor for a school as young as we are to receive this invitation,” Mrs. Prevett said. “The Rose Parade is a massive event, and for our team to have the chance to perform on a stage this big is an opportunity that rarely presents itself. We can’t wait to get down there and perform.”

The Rose Parade is part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a series of events celebrating the new year. About 80,000 hours of prep work are required each year to host the event series, making it one of the largest and most intensive of its kind in the world. This year’s Rose Parade theme is “Echoes of Success,” telling the story of how character is developed and the organizations that contribute to building character, including schools.

To help offset costs associated with the trip, the Sapphires will host two fundraisers this fall. The first, a Junior Dance Clinic for students in kindergarten to eighth grade, will take place Oct. 8, while the second will take place throughout November when the team sells poinsettias. For more information on the team’s fundraisers, please contact Mrs. Prevett at tprevett@nisdtx.org.