With its stunning mountain backdrop, lush palm oases, healing waters,  mid-century modern architectural gems, world-class art museum, and one of North America’s largest film festivals, Palm Springs is more than just a pretty playground with sunshine and blue skies 350 days a year. Nature, history, art and design play a key role in defining the resort experience of several million visitors each year. The San Jacinto Mountains, rising to almost 11,000 feet, provide not just a dramatic visual backdrop that turns from golden to rose purple with the changing afternoon light, but a place to ascend the heights for cooler air and stunning views. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway utilizes the world’s largest rotating tramcars on an eye-catching 10-minute 2.5 mile journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.

Southern California also offers iconic sightseeing opportunities including Universal Studios- Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, The Queen Mary, Pacific Aquarium, San Diego, Walt Disney Music Hall, Grammy Museum, Disneyland and so much more!


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For more than twenty years, Palm Springs High School hosted an independent MARCHING and CONCERT FESTIVAL in December of each year. With the downturn in the economy during the Great Recession, the Festival was suspended.

Following on the heels of presenting the WORLD ASSOCIATION OF MARCHING SHOW BANDS WAMSB World Championships in 2017, the SPIRIT OF THE SANDS has joined forces with the organizers of the PALM SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE to present a two day MUSIC FESTIVAL from November 30 to December 1, 2018.

Concert/ Symphonic Bands, Jazz Bands, and Concert Ensembles are invited to perform at the Richards Center for the Arts in beautiful Palm Springs on Friday, November 30 followed by a competitive Marching Tournament on Saturday December 1st. The groups are then invited to be part of the PALM SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE, televised by NBC to an audience of millions.