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Gaucho Band Will Not Enter Rose Parade

Leedy, Phelps, Herron Make Decision in Conference This Morning


Float Committee Eliminates Many Bands in Order to Make Money

By “Petie” McKinney, Santa Barbara State College El Gaucho, December 18, 1935

For the first time in four years, Santa Barbara State college band will not represent the city of Santa Barbara in the annual Tournament of Roses held in Pasadena on the first of January.

The decision was reached late this morning by Cliff Leedy. President Clarence Phelps, and William Herron, president of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, when final word was received that the band could only be awarded 50 tickets in place of the usual 70 tickets given. Mr. Leedy’s decision was final as he refused to take a small band to the Rose Bowl, thus cutting out about 25 students who have practiced for the event.

Committee Drops Bands

Due to the desire of the Rose Bowl float committee to make money on the New Year’s football game, many bands have been eliminated, the Gaucho men being among them. Poor organization of the committee did not enable them to notify the college until this late date.

William G. Herron, president of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, V. T. Vawter, chairman of the Santa Barbara Associates, and Cliff Leedy, band director, have been negotiating with David Booher of the parade band committee since last week when the first intimation of the refusal and retraction of State’s invitation was received.

No Band—No Float

While the decision was still up in the air yesterday, Mr. Vawter said, “Santa Barbara should enter both the State college band and the city’s float, as one without the other will make a weak presentation. If the band is refused permission to go, the float should be kept at home also. No band—no float.”

President Clarence L. Phelps expressed his disapproval in the school’s band being withdrawn from the parade as it will make it more difficult in obtaining an invitation for the Tournament of Roses parade in another year.

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