The Spartans return to the Rose Bowl is one of the greatest stories in school history. It's taken 26 years to complete the circle. John T. Madden graduated from Michigan State University in 1985. He returned in the fall of 1989 to become director of the Spartan Marching Band. He's never experienced the Rose Parade, as an instrumentalist or a band leader. In his 25th season as director, for the 100th Rose Bowl and 125th Rose Parade, Madden will finally be there in Pasadena.
"The Rose Bowl is going to be different from a band perspective," Madden said, "because it's the greatest parade of all time." GO GREEN!