Portland Junior Rose Parade

Wednesday, June 5  2019


The Portland Junior Rose Parade is a really fun event. To insure your child’s participation and safety please make sure you read through this material (including the material sent home to you through the mail) and follow each step:

  1. 1. T-SHIRT: Your child needs to order a t-shirt or sweatshirt through M.U.S.E. This will be our uniform.

    Order Here:

    Click here for T-shirt and Sweatshirt Online Ordering

  1. 2. PARENT VOLUNTEERS: If you think you can help band teacher make some calls and help organize the car pooling at your school, please let the instructor know. We need drivers.  Please let the band teacher know if you can drive.

  1. 3. Permission Forms:  You HAVE to turn in a M.U.S.E. Permission form into the school office or the teacher. Do NOT send this form to the M.U.S.E. office or give to classroom teacher. These forms need to be at school the day of the parade for drivers to carry with them in case they need any info on this form (parent contact info or medical releases). Some schools may also ask for their own permission form.  Teachers will let you know if this is needed. In some schools, they ask for a “Student Release” form to be signed if a child is driving with another parent.  Again, the teachers will let you know. These generic “Student Release” forms can be downloaded off this page. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAILS FROM MUSE AND TEACHERS.


     M.U.S.E. Permission Form                


    Generic Student Release Form

Main Bullet Points

  1. Students need to purchase a t-shirt for event.  This is our uniform. Deadline for orders May 8th-    Order Link Here

  2. M.U.S.E. Permission Form required. Give to Band Teacher-NOT Classroom teacher - Download Form Here

  3. Most schools will also require a Student Release Form -   Download Generic Form Here

  4. We need drivers. Please contact your band teacher immediately if you can drive.

  5. Junior Rose Parade Rehearsal:  Sunday, May 21 at Wilson High School 3:00-4:00pm

  6. Music has been handed out to students. If you need another copy:

  7. Beginning Band Music - Let’s Go Band       Inter/adv Band Music  Joe Avery’s 2nd Line March

  8. Drummers will be given out drum straps at rehearsal. Come 30 minutes prior to rehearsal on Sunday, May 21

  9. Parade starts at 1:00pm  We enter parade route in order of our numbered line up.

  10. Parents can walk along with us. Don’t need T-shirt but you can order one if you like.

  11. Recommend T-shirts for parade.  Sweatshirts are also available. If weather is warm, sweatshirts may be too warm.

Teacher Emails:

Scott Johnston:  musejohnston@gmail.com

Corey Foster:     cgfoster16@gmail.com

Nicklas Waroff:   waroffn@gmail.com

Bryant Allard:      bryant@museband.com

Susan Larson     susanblarson@gmail.com

Catarina New Martin: catarinajazz@comcast.net

Details of Bullet Points:

Final Details: Updated as of 5/30/2017  We will update this years (2019) parade info when we receive it from the Parade committee.  However, this gives you an idea of how it all works.


Our assigned drop off time is 11:15 at Normandale Park. Plan to leave in time to arrive by 11:15. West side schools: meet in school office area at 10:20 and be ready to leave by 10:40.  East Side Schools:  meet in school office area at 10:40 and leave by 11:00. We are in the front part of the parade. The parade route is one mile long and takes 45 minutes to march. We should be done by 2:00-2:30pm.

1. Drivers should be carrying each child’s M.U.S.E. permission form with them in case medical attention is necessary.  These forms have medical releases!  These forms will be at the school offices when you arrive.

2. Drivers drop off participants at the corner of NE 55th and Hassalo. M.U.S.E. Teachers will be on that corner helping to take students to our designated area in the park to gather.

3. PLEASE REMEMBER TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS LEAVE INSTRUMENT CASES IN CAR. We cannot carry cases with us along parade. If you are bringing a wagon to pull along, drop it off with us and we will take care of it (some parents bring a wagon to carry things like water spray bottles).

  1. 4.Students should bring a sack lunch.  We can eat at park when we arrive. If you want to allow them to eat on the way over that is fine as long as it’s ok with you to eat in car. It is one less thing to think about once we arrive.

  1. 5.After dropping students off, please continue to drive to the disband area at Grant High school and find a place to park.

  1. 6.Head back to Normandale Park. If we have left the park by the time you have come back, follow the line of bands into the neighborhood leading to Sandy Blvd. Use map below.

  1. Download an ACCESS PASS  if you are a carpooling driver.  This will help you get through Police check points for the parade.

  1. Map for drivers (after you drop students off use this map to show you where to drive your car at the end point-disband area.  You will then have to walk back up to meet us.

  1. Parade Route Map  Here is a map of the parade route.

Here is a map of the area where we will be in formation as we ease our way to the starting line


  1. 1.Make sure you have turned in your MUSE permission form to the teacher or school office. These forms have medical releases and we need the drivers to carry these with the child they are taking.

  2. 2.Some schools ask that you send a note (or use our generic release form (below under bullet points) as well saying you say it is ok for your child to go with M.U.S.E. Parent driver.

  3. 3.Students should bring a lunch. It will be warm that day so I would suggest bottled water instead of soda. They need to stay hydrated.

  4. 4. Please have them put on sun screen that morning and have them bring some along. It will be warm that day.  

    Might be smart to wear a hat.

  1. 5. If you are picking up your child at the parade route you need to let the car pool driver know so we don’t spend all day looking for someone that actually is safe and with you.

Parent Walkers: Parents can walk along the parade with us. Once we get on the actual parade route we might not need all the parents walking along side but more in the back of the line. We do need parents to bring spray water bottles to keep kids hydrated and cool. Some parents might want to bring a wagon to pull along and keep water and other items. Parents do not have to have t-shirts.

We need parent walkers to help students if they need to go off and use restrooms along the way.


  1. 1. If you need to use restrooms there are restrooms in Normandale Park.  You MUST go with a student buddy or a parent volunteer. There are porta potties along the way but I would suggest to use restrooms in park.

  2. 2.Please be respectful of parent volunteers and M.U.S.E. Faculty.  This is a big event and should be a lot of fun but for your safety you need to follow the rules and cooperate with M.U.S.E. staff and parent volunteers.

  3. 3.Reed Players-Please bring some extra reeds just in case.

  4. 4.Students need to be very careful with their instruments. When we rest in the waiting areas leading up to the parade starting route, you need to be very careful with your instrument. Don’t just lay it down hard on the ground. Keep it in your lap.

    M.U.S.E. Permission Form    (will be updated and posted in April)            


  Generic Student Release Form (will be updated in April)

Details from previous parade is below to get an idea of what is involved. This is a very exciting event which we only get to do every 3 years. Take advantage of this opportunity for your child to march in one of the biggest kids parades in the country. Over 200 students will be marching as the M.U.S.E Band Ensemble.

Our uniform will be the official M.U.S.E. T-shirt (or sweatshirt). We usually recommend the t-shirt over the sweatshirt for the parade in case it is warm. You can order both if you like.

First run of  shirts: T-Shirt deadline is February 11

Final run of T-shirts: T-Shirt deadline is May 3rd.

Link for T-shirts