The music band participated in an event to appear before the community in downtown LA
'El Salvador, great as its people' at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex school. (Yurina Melara).
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Hundreds of Salvadorans living in Los Angeles attended this Sunday, December 29, at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, located in the center of the city, for a presentation prior to the Rose Parade 2020.
This presentation was not only to raise money for the transportation expenses of the band members, but also so that the community could see and be close to the young people who traveled from El Salvador to participate in the parade.
One of the participants who plays the saxophone, Nerea Rauda, said she likes to see the way her countrymen in the United States get excited to see the band and listen to typical songs like El Carbonero.
“There are ladies who have come to hug me and tell me how proud they feel that we are representing them,” said Rauda, 16, a resident of a town in the Department of La Paz.
“For me, the Parade of the Roses is something very important because we want to show off to erase everything that is said about El Salvador,” added the young woman.
Visit to theme parks
The more than 250 members of the group arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 26. On December 27, they had a presentation at Disneyland and on December 28 they visited the Parque de la Montaña Mágina (Magic Mountain).
Enot Rubio, one of the organizers of the Band's participation in the Rose Parade, said it has been a good experience for the boys.
"You have to remember that these boys come from humble families … it has been a very beautiful thing to see their faces and share their emotions," Rubio said.
The ‘El Salvador Band, great as its people’ will perform at the Festival of the Bands, BandFest, at the Pasadena College on Monday, December 30.