Ferry Pass Middle School Band Director Russell Bertles has been selected to ride on a float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
The Tournament of Roses will provide a special float honoring band directors from across the country. Approximately 280 band directors from all 50 states will accompany the float.
Mr. Bertles is one of only seven band directors from the state of Florida to be selected. He is the only participant from Northwest Florida. This is Mr. Bertles’s third time to be recognized with this prestigious honor.
“The Escambia County School District is honored to have the distinguished Russell Bertles, Band Director at Ferry Pass Middle School, honored as one of only seven band directors in the entire state of Florida to represent the District and his students,” said ECSD Fine Arts Specialist Angela Barberi. “This recognition validates the important work that band directors play in public education.”
The Rose Parade will be held on January 1, 2022 in Pasadena California, and will be televised at 10:00 a.m. on NBC and streamed on several streaming services.