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PHS Alumni Leads a Marching Band in the Rose Parade

ASU Article As you watch the Rose Parade on January 1, 2019 you won't want to miss the Alabama State University (ASU) Mighty Marching Hornets. In their first appearance in the Rose Parade, the marching band from ASU is one of the 21 marching bands featured in the upcoming Rose Parade. Alabama State University is a Historically Black University located in Montgomery, AL.  The ASU Mighty Marching Hornets is comprised of 200 members and is a nationally renowned college marching band. 

The band includes five Drum Majors and one of those is ASU senior and Pasadena High School alumni (Class of 2014) Robert E Jones, Jr. Robert is a product of the Pasadena Unified School District having attended Noyes Elementary School, Norma Coombs and Pasadena High School.  While a student at Pasadena High School he was a member of our Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) in addition to taking numerous music classes.  Those music classes included Marching Band, Advanced Band, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion. Robert is very musically diverse,  playing the piano, guitar, all of the percussion instruments and most of the brass instruments.  During his time at Pasadena High School he received numerous awards for his musical work. 

After graduating from Pasadena High School Robert chose to attend Alabama State University and to become a member of the Mighty Marching Hornets Marching Band. His acceptance to ASU included several scholarships including the Alabama State University Marching Band Scholarship and the Alabama State University Music Scholarship.  He has been a Drum Major for the Mighty Marching Hornets since 2016.

We are so very proud of everything that Robert has accomplished.  So when you watch the Rose Parade on January 1, 2019 make sure you pay close attention to the ASU Mighty Marching Hornets and give a big wave and shout out to Pasadena native and Pasadena High School alumni, Robert E Jones.

To see photos of the Alabama State University Mighty Hornets Marching Band go to their facebook fan page.

Photo on the right is the article, written by Miles Kealing, that appeared in the December 12, 2018 issue of Colorado about Robert and his ASU Mighty Marching Hornets.