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Retired UCS teacher selected for inaugural directors’ band at Rose Bowl parade
Retired UCS teacher selected for inaugural directors’ band at Rose Bowl parade
Posted on 04/23/2021
Studio Picture - Jeffrey GrothRetired Utica Community Schools music teacher Jeffery Groth has been selected for the inaugural performance of marching band directors at next year’s Rose Bowl parade. 
Groth, a 2018 Utica Community Schools Teacher of the Year, will perform on the alto sax in the first-ever Band Director Marching Band for the Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Parade on January 1, 2022.

“Mr. Groth will always be a member of our Utica Community Schools family, and we are proud to celebrate his continued successes and accomplishments,” Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe said.
Groth was selected for the 260-member band by the Rose Bowl Committee after submitting an application, resume and brief biography on his teaching career and accomplishments. 
“I am honored to be a part of the once in a lifetime experience to march in the 2021 Rose Bowl Parade,” Groth said.  “I can take this opportunity off my bucket list. I am dedicating this performance to all my band director colleagues/friends and the Malow Junior High School instrumental music students from 1994-2019.”
As a junior high school music teacher, Groth provided his students opportunities to perform publicly at professional venues, including the Detroit Jazz Festival. In 2018, his junior high school jazz band was the first in the state ever invited to perform at the prestigious Michigan Music Conference. 
“He is not just a teacher to us, he is also a family member,” said student Molly Klein in his 2018 Teacher of the Year nomination. “He really understands all of us and treats us with a high level of respect.”