Two Hesperia High School seniors will be part of an annual New Year's Day tradition for television viewers around America, when they march in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade this year.


Megan Almojuela and Mark Omiliak are both trumpet players in the school's Black and Gold Regiment marching band.


In her third year appearing in the parade, Almojuela will be marching with the Tournament of Roses Herald Trumpets, one of 9 students selected out of 115 who auditioned.


The 7.5-mile march down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard is "exciting but really tiring," Almojuela said.


"The parade is only 5.5 miles long, but by the time we stage and then march to our buses, it adds two extra miles onto it for us," she said. "The thing that keeps you going is the cheering of the crowd. It is really amazing how excited everyone is and how loud they are. Of course, dodging horse droppings and tortilla bomb leftovers also keeps you on your guard."


Omiliak is one of 39 students playing in the Tournament of Roses Honor Band, in his first year participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade.


"I am really excited to see what it is like to march in a parade of this caliber and to see thousands of people lined up for this huge event," he said. "It should be amazing."


The Tournament of Roses Parade will be televised locally on KTLA 5 and HGTV, starting at 6 a.m. on January 1.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.