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Journey to 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade

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munford band rose bowl parade

The Hometown Showcase and R+L Carriers were proud to be the official transportation provider for The Munford High School Band and their march to Pasadena, California.

Meeting in Munford

We first met the Munford High School marching band in September of 2018 when the Hometown Showcase took a trip to Munford High School. It was here that members of the R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase team shared exciting careers in transportation and logistics with Munford students, and the possibility of being the official transportation provider for the Munford Band was first discussed. Hundreds of bands from around the country apply to perform in the parade and the application process is in-depth. Through much communication and careful planning, our discussions soon became reality.

The March to Pasadena, California

Transportation for the equipment and uniforms was covered by R+L Carriers, but the students and their fans traveled by plane to California. As if there wasn’t enough stress involved in getting over 200 band members, their equipment, and their fans ready to play an event over 1900 miles from home, Mother Nature delivered some inclement weather and half the band ended up getting stuck at a Texas airport. Thankfully, a little December storm couldn’t keep this band from making it to the Rose Bowl Parade in time!

munford band rose bowl parade

Transportation for the equipment and uniforms was covered by R+L Carriers.

130th Tournament of Roses

On New Year’s Day, the entire band and all their equipment had arrived safely and they were ready to march, but there was one more unexpected event! Toward the end of the parade, the Rose Bowl float directly in front of the band started to smoke and quickly caught on fire!  Although no one was hurt, emergency vehicles were called in and the extra time needed to clear the disabled float nearly kept Munford from being in the televised broadcast.  As the saying goes, “All’s well that ends well.”   At the very end of the broadcast, the Munford Band took to the streets of Pasadena for the 2019 Rose Bowl Parade. We know there were plenty of parents, grandparents, band supporters and friends breathing a sigh of relief when their band finally appeared.

Munford H.S. (TN) – 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade

A great look and great sound from Munford H.S. (TN) in today’s Tournament of Roses – Rose Parade. #RoseParade

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“R+L Carriers commends the Munford High School Marching Band for this achievement and for being an outstanding example to their community, confirming what hard work and dedication can accomplish,” said Gregory Bronner, Vice President of Marketing, R+L Carriers. Selection for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is a testimony to the accomplishments of the Munford High School students. We are honored to support this opportunity in partnership with R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase.”

Congratulations to the Munford High School Marching Band on a job well done and thank you for allowing the R+L Carriers’ Hometown Showcase, to be a part of this exciting event!

If you are interested in the Hometown Showcase coming to your school to talk about career opportunities in transportation and logistics, contact us today!




Hometown Goes Out West

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The R+L Carriers Hometown Showcase headed west during the first week of November, traveling to three area high schools in three days. Elsinore High School, Lakeside High School, and Temescal Canyon High School all experienced the Hometown Showcase and learned more about the logistics industry.

Classroom Presentations

R+L representatives started the day bright and early with the California sunrise, which was beautiful by the way. Check out our pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Our presentations incorporated the definitions of logistics, transportation, and supply chain. We talked to students about how their life would be different without all three. Some students were surprised that without logistics and transportation, many of the clothes and accessories they love would not be able to make it to them for purchase.

classroom presentation

Interactive Hauler

Our 53-foot interactive hauler gave students the opportunity the experience the logistics industry up close. Inside the trailer, students could watch up to 11 HD displays about the various career opportunities with R+L in the shipping industry, as well as see some of the additional work that R+L does in the community through the Lima Company Memorial and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Always one of the favorite parts of the trailer on every stop is the technologically advanced Bose Ride seating simulator, which gives riders a chance to feel what it’s like to be behind the wheel at R+L Carriers as a driver.


Awards and Scholarships

Caleb from Elsinore High School and Alex from Temescal High School both received Hometown Showcase Achievement Awards. The R+L Carriers Hometown Achievement Award is an opportunity for teachers and administrators to recognize students that make a difference in their school and community.  This award showcases a student who demonstrates sportsmanship, academic excellence, exceptional character, and a commitment to their community. All three schools received a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a graduating senior upon graduation and a $1,000 donation to support the school and their students.

Awards and Scholarships

Interested in having the Hometown Showcase come to your school? We are actively scheduling events around the country. Contact us today for more information.