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Rose Bowl Parade | Rockford marching band’s flight canceled

One of the three flights booked to take high school students to California ahead of the Rose Bowl Parade has been canceled. They’re working on plan B.

ROCKFORD, Mich. — Thousands of travelers across the country are facing travel headaches in airports following the weekend snowstorm.

In Grand Rapids, a handful of flights were impacted including a Thursday flight that would have taken a portion of the Rockford High School marching band to California.

They were selected to perform in Bandfest as part of the Rose Bowl Parade on Dec. 31 and then march in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan 2.

Students are traveling on three separate flights, two of them Southwest Airlines, Band Director Brian Philips said.

One of those Thursday morning flights taking off from Midway Airport was canceled, so the school is working with the travel company to find a solution.

RELATED: Rockford Marching Band heading to the Tournament of Roses Parade

More than 60% of Southwest flights on Tuesday and Wednesday were listed as canceled.

The US Department of Transportation said it will look into flight cancellations.

USDOT is concerned by Southwest’s unacceptable rate of cancellations and delays & reports of lack of prompt customer service. The Department will examine whether cancellations were controllable and if Southwest is complying with its customer service plan.

— TransportationGov (@USDOT) December 27, 2022

The Rockford High School bands won the Michigan Competing Band Association Flight I state championship this year.

The 134th Rose Bowl Parade is scheduled for the morning of Jan. 2, while the football game is set for the afternoon.

The Penn State Nittany Lions will take on the Utah Utes in Pasadena, California on Jan. 2 at 5 pm

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