It's no more California dreaming for the Pickerington High School Marching Tigers, who next week will be leaving on a jet plane en route to the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade.

It's no more California dreaming for the Pickerington High School Marching Tigers, who next week will be leaving on a jet plane en route to the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade.

Fresh on the heels of their performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the PHS Marching Tigers will leave Dec. 29 for Pasadena.

The 193-member band will be only the second band -- along with Lassiter High School (Marietta, Ga.) -- to march in the Macy's and Rose parades in the same year. The Marching Tigers are slated to line up 75th out of the 94 units to be featured in this year's Rose Parade.

"We're taking off Dec. 29," said Mike Sewell, PHS Central band director. "We have five flights scheduled, with the first one taking off at 6 a.m."

It's unclear exactly what time the band will march past television cameras. However, the parade will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Jan. 1 and will be televised on ABC, NBC, CBS, Telemundo and the Home and Garden Television Network.

The Marching Tigers will perform "A Brand New Day" from the musical "The Wiz," as well as "Carry On My Wayward Son," by the rock group, Kansas.

"They're just happy pieces," Sewell said. "The people out there want bands to play recognizable, upbeat songs.

"It's a New Year, so we're doing 'A Brand New Day.'"

For the first time this year, the Rose Parade will be broadcast to China. Sewell said the arrangement will bring in an additional 4-million viewers.

PHS Central, which is making its first Rose Parade appearance since 2006, will be joined in the parade by the Ohio School for the Blind's marching band and the Ohio University Marching 110, which includes the son of Sewell and his wife, Karen.

Additionally, the Marching Tigers are hoping to usher in a victory by the Ohio State Buckeyes, who will square off against the University of Oregon in the Rose Bowl at 5:10 p.m. EST.

The last time the Buckeyes played in the Rose Bowl was 1997, when they defeated Arizona State University, 20-17. The game included a last-minute touchdown drive for the Buckeyes.

Coincidentally, a Pickerington High School band marched in that year's Rose Parade.

Sewell said he and many of his students are hoping for a similar outcome this year. In addition to a stop at Disneyland and some sightseeing, the band has been invited to participate in Buckeye graduate and college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit's "Fan Fest."

"I agreed to do it because they said it could help us get tickets to the game," Sewell said. "We're hoping we'll be able to get our tickets for everyone, or at least get some of us in."