Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Marching Bands 2013

Get ready to dance to the rockin’ Thanksgiving beat as the nation’s top bands and performance groups show the audience how to put on a show Macy’s Parade style. More than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million TV viewers will be serenaded to the tunes of their favorite songs ranging from current hits to holiday classics during the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

From jump ropers to drill teams, talented performance groups from all 50 states will show off their diverse skill sets, ranging from athletics to funky and fun dance moves. Parade veterans, the Macy’s Great American Marching Band, Spirit of America Dance and Varsity Spirit Cheer will be joined by rookie performance groups like the South Shore Drill Team and All That! to bring a diverse selection of dance and dramatics to this year’s festivities.

Since 1924, no Macy’s Parade would be complete without the nation’s best marching bands. For this elite group of talented marchers, their journey to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began 18 months ago when the Macy’s Parade Band Selection Committee chose them from a list of hundreds of applicants. The rigorous selection process was based on certain key factors such as the band’s national recognition, awards, past performances and reputation in their community. From there, band members were surprised with the news of their selection at their school during Macy’s cross country Band Announcement Tour. Confetti, claps, cheers and praise filled the air as bands were presented with their official Macy’s Parade drumhead.

Since their selection, the marching bands and performance groups have been busy perfecting their skills and helping to raise funds for their once in a lifetime trip to New York City. Showing their creative side, groups have developed interesting and exciting fundraising initiatives in their community. Corporations and philanthropic members of the community have been willing to help their hometown school but students have also thought outside the box to raise the funding. From selling candles and mattresses to homemade salsa sales, students have taken a variety of routes to make their dreams a reality.

Following is the list of bands appearing in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

CONCORD COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
MARCHING MINUTEMEN
Elkhart, IN
Band Size: 217 Members
Band Director: Scott Spradling
Musical Selection: “Journey to the Center of the Mind”

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
JMU MARCHING ROYAL DUKES
Harrisonburg, VA
Band Size: 482 Members
Band Director: Scott Rickers
Musical Selection: “My Favorite Things”

LAKOTA WEST HIGH SCHOOL
LAKOTA WEST MARCHING FIREBIRDS
West Chester, OH
Band Size: 274 Members
Band Director: Greg Snyder
Musical Selection: “A Copeland Fantasy”

MACY’S GREAT AMERICAN MARCHING BAND
United States
Band Size: 245 Members
Band Director: Dr. Rick Good & Dennis Rhoads
Musical Selection: “Macklemore Medley”

MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BAND
Chicago Heights, IL
Band Size: 257 Members
Band Director: Greg Bimm
Musical Selection: “Sleigh Ride”

MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
TORO MARCHING BAND
Mesa, AZ
Band Size: 180 Members
Band Director: Scott Burgener
Musical Selection: “Sonoran Desert Holiday”

OOLTEWAH HIGH SCHOOL
OOLTEWAH HIGH SCHOOL BAND
Ooltewah, TN
Band Size: 114 Members
Band Director: Joel Denton
Musical Selection: “The Wizard of Oz™ Medley”

TARPON SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
TARPON SPRINGS OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE
Tarpon Springs, FL
Band Size: 186 Members
Band Director: Kevin Ford
Musical Selection: “An American Reunion”

UNION HIGH SCHOOL
RENEGADE REGIMENT
Tulsa, OK
Band Size: 250 Members
Band Director: Matt McCready
Musical Selection: “Sirens”

QUANTICO MARINE CORPS BAND
Quantico, VA
Band Size: 50 Members
Band Director: Brian Paradis
Musical Selection: “Strike Up The Band”

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST
MINUTEMAN MARCHING BAND
Amherst, MA
Band Size: 380 Members
Band Director: Timothy Anderson
Musical Selection: “Big Noise From Winnetka”

Following is the list of performance groups appearing in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

ALL THAT!
Myrtle Beach, SC
Group Size: 11 Members
Group Leader: Mike Curtis
Routine: Southern Rock Routine

J.U.M.P. (JUMPERS UNITED FOR MACY’S PARADE)
Strongsville, OH
Group Size: 240 Members
Group Leader: Pam Evans
Routine: “I Need Your Love”

SOUTH SHORE DRILL TEAM
Chicago, IL
Group Size: 60 Members
Group Leader: Arthur Robinson
Routine: “Euphoria”

SPIRIT OF AMERICA DANCE
United States
Group Size: 650 Members
Group Leader: Laura Davis
Routine: “Tea Party Medley”

VARSITY SPIRIT CHEER
United States
Group Size: 650 Members
Group Leader: Roger Hayes
Routine: “Super (S)hero Medley”

Source: Macy’s

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