The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade is the official parade marking the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It takes place annually on
Pearl Harbor Day December 7 and is recognized by the city of Honolulu, the state of Hawaii, Pacific Historic Parks, The Navy League,
The Military Order of the Purple Hearts, each of the Branches of the Military, along with the Historic Programs organization.
Marching bands are an important part of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, and students perform in front of thousands of enthusiastic
spectators along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Bands from the continental U.S. as well as the Hawaiian islands are
invited. The 2016 parade featured 19 marching bands from 18 states. In addition to performing in the parade, bands have the opportunity to
perform at the official public ceremony as part of a Mass Band led by the Marine Forces Pacific Band.
The parade route takes bands from historic Fort DeRussy, through the scenic streets of Waikiki, to Kapiolani Park at the foot of Diamond Head Crater.
This event is unlike any other event available to a marching band. In the words of a participant director, "This was the
most truly meaningful and educationally enriching program I have ever been a part of in my forty years of teaching music."
In order of appearance:
Marine Forces Pacific Band, Hawaii
Shadow Mountain H.S. Band, Arizona
Valhalla H.S. Band, California
Galena H.S. Band, Nevada
PA Pearl Harbor Honors Band, Pennsylvania
Morgantown H.S. Band, West Virginia
Burke County Marching Band, North Carolina
NYPD Pipes and Drums, New York
Chopticon H.S. Band, Maryland
Hudson H.S. Band, Wisconsin
Shorewood H.S. Band, Washington
Hellgate H.S. Band, Montana
Windsor H.S. Band, Colorado
Uintah H.S. Band, Utah
Pilot Point H.S. Band, Texas
Briar Woods H.S. Band, Virginia
Monroe Township H.S. Band, New Jersey
Fort Madison H.S. Band, Iowa
Park City H.S. Band, Utah
Bands traveling to Hawaii for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade can take advantage of many educational and recreational opportunities available on the islands, such as:
• Wreath laying at USS Arizona Memorial
• Performance and group photo at USS Missouri
• Diamond Head Lookout
• Polynesian Cultural Center
• Dole Pineapple Plantation
• Waikiki Beach
Email: Chris Meeker
, Associate Producer
7255 E. Hampton Avenue, Suite 127, Mesa, AZ 85209
If you're interested in entering your band in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, please request an application from Chris Meeker at the contact info above.