SUISUN CITY — Local residents will see a familiar face in the 2014 Tournament of Roses parade Wednesday.
Zacharie Harvey, 15, will play trombone with the Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band. He is the son of Captains Jonathan and Vickie Harvey of the Salvation Army and Suisun City’s Kroc Center.
Harvey, who attends the Public Safety Academy, is a member of the Salvation Army’s Del Oro division youth band and was asked to be part of the international group which has performed in the Tournament of Roses parade 95 times.
About 170 members, including people from Canada, England and Australia, will march the parade route. Harvey is the youngest member of the band, he said.
He left for Southern California on Friday and will return Thursday. In addition to rehearsals, band members have enjoyed some sightseeing.
Band members will eat about 5 a.m. Wednesday and line up for the parade about 8 a.m.
The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band is No. 34. Estimates are they will pass the cameras about 9:30 a.m., Zacharie Harvey said.
A potluck breakfast is planned at the Kroc Center for family and friends can watch the parade on a big screen. It’s being broadcast live on several networks.
Harvey said some members of the band have been marching in the parade 25 years.
“For some guys it’s become an annual thing,” he said.
He’s going to wait and see how it goes before committing to do it again.
“This is my first year doing it,” he said. “It’s going to be an experience. I think I would like to do it next year but I won’t know until we do the parade.”
The band has about six songs it will play along the parade route. They will wrap up with the tune “Tunnelvision” as they march under the Interstate 210 overpass. “That should be a nice song to end on,” Harvey said.
Harvey said his fellow musicians have been very welcoming.
“We’re like family,” he said. “We all speak the same language of music.”
More than a half-million people are expected to line the 5.5-mile route. Millions more will watch on television.
This is the 125th Tournament of Roses parade. The theme is “Dreams Come True.”
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