Allan and Reagan Brumley

If you’re planning to watch the Rose Parade before eating your good luck black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, keep your eyes carefully trained on your TV set. Lake Highlands High band director Reagan Brumley will be participating in the “Granddaddy of Them All.”

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Reagan and his father, Allan Brumley, will be part of a nearly 300-member marching band comprised of current and former band directors. The group was gathered by the Michael D. Sewell Memorial Foundation to convey the theme, “America’s Band Directors: We teach music. We teach life.”

Reagan served 2 years as drum major at Harlingen South High School and is now fine arts coordinator for LHHS in addition to leading the band. His students have excelled at competitions all over the state, and he is a member of the board of directors for the Texas Bandmaster’s Association.

Allan was director of bands for Harlingen High School before switching gears and becoming an insurance executive. He also served as a school board member before retiring to Canyon Lake.

The Band Directors’ Marching Band entry is historic – it’s the first to include both a float and a marching band comprised solely of band directors. Participating musicians come from all 50 states and Mexico.

“What a great honor to be accepted into this great band of professional musicians,” said Reagan. “It is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity to march alongside my dad in this tremendous event that is televised around the world. We just want to enjoy the experience and make our family, friends, and my students proud.”

The Rose Parade steps off in Pasadena at 10 a.m. Dallas time.