Mira Mesa High School’s Sapphire Sound Band and Color Guard. Photo courtesy of Mira Mesa High School.

San Diego residents will see some familiar faces in this year’s Tournament of the Roses Parade.

Mira Mesa High School will send its 250-member Sapphire Sound Band and Color Guard to perform in the 127th annual parade in Pasadena. It’s the first San Diego Unified School District band to be invited to perform in the parade since Patrick Henry High’s appearance in 1983.

The band, which is led by Jeanne Christensen, has been preparing for the parade for more than one year, according to a news release. During the parade, Sapphire Sound will perform their own arrangements of “America the Beautiful” and “Ode to Joy” along the 7.5 mile parade route.

The Tournament of Roses Parade will take place at 8 a.m. Friday and will be led by Grand Marshall Ken Burns. The Mira Mesa students will also perform at the Pasadena City College Band Fest on Tuesday and in the Disneyland Holiday Parade on Wednesday.

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