SELMA – The theme for the 54th annual Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival was superheroes and there were plenty of caped crusaders roving downtown Selma for the Oct. 27 event.
Among them was a hometown super woman, Roseann Galvan, who was nominated to be the grand marshal for the event. Galvan most recently served as Selma’s administrative analyst and retired after working 22 years for the city. She’s also volunteered with numerous local civic groups and nonprofits in town for decades.
“It’s very humbling and I’m so honored,” she said. Galvan rode in the parade with her daughter, Erica Haste, and grandson, Landon. “I was shocked when they called me. It’s exciting.”
Galvan said she was impressed as she watched the hard work of all the band students pay off that day as they competed first in a marching competition down High Street and then the field show at Selma High.
“Especially like Reedley since they dance as they march,” she said.
Rotary member and parade committee chair Char Tucker said the parade was super organized this year and there were 12 bands that participated in the field competitions that afternoon at Staley Stadium.
“The bands were all having a great time. It’s nice to just see everybody having fun.”
Reedley High School won the grand sweepstakes award of $1,000 and Grand Marshal trophy in the field show competition. Templeton earned the highest marks in the high music, high general effect and tournament champion competitions. Orosi earned the highest score in the high visual category. Woodlake High took first in Division 2A, Hanford West took first in Division 3A, Granite Hills took first in Division 4A, Tulare Western took first in Division 5A and Templeton took first in Division 6A.
In the parade competition it was Reedley High, Fowler High, San Luis Obispo, Hanford West, Orosi High and Orange Cove High that took first places in the respective divisions. In the middle school parade competition, Clark Intermediate took first place. These bands earned $250 each for this award.
Here’s a list of community parade entry results:
Schools: 1st place - Wilson Elementary; 2nd place - Indianola; 3rd place - Eric White.
General entries: 1st place - Marvin and Lea Raven’s bath tub buggy; 2nd place Lawrence & Company College of Cosmetology; 3rd place - Aftershock Softball.