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Marching bands set to march in 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Marching bands' musical selections for Macy's Parade announced

NEW YORK, November 12, 2012 — The best high school and university marching bands and the nation's top performance groups will shine side-by-side to dazzle the crowd at the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 3.5 million spectators and 50 million viewers nationwide will watch as the performers strut their way into the holiday season, bringing the magic of Macy's along for the ride. The 2012 parade steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 22.

86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition to being an entertaining spectacle, the musical performances showcase a diversity of creative talent that truly represent the very best of local communities. From ragin' Cajun Louisiana drummers and the beat of international drums from Mexico, to Bronx basketball players on unicycles and tap dancing Christmas trees, audiences are in for the ultimate showcase of rhythm, music and soul stirring entertainment.

For the marching bands, their Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade journey began more than 18 months ago, when band members were surprised at their schools with an invite to participate in the 2012 Parade by the Macy's Parade Band Committee. Selection into the Macy's Parade was based on submitted videos of past performances, awards, national recognition, letters of recommendation and of course each band's unique personality to captivate an audience. As confetti filled the air and cheers of delight echoed throughout the auditorium, each group took their invite to perform in the Macy's Parade as a pinnacle in their performing career.

   See related story: First band selection announced for
   2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

For the past year, these bands and performance groups have perfected their exclusive acts, which they are set to showcase in front of family, friends and millions of viewers nationwide. Ahead of their New York City debuts, to help fund their big trip, the groups engaged in unique fundraising efforts. From selling locally grown citrus fruits to raising 10-foot tall flag polls in the front yards of supporters, the groups went above and beyond to raise the necessary funds for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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   a Macy's Parade marching band

Parade day begins early for marching bands when they rehearse their show for the NBC telecast. Carmel H.S. (Indiana) rehearsed at 4:05 AM for the 2011 Macy's Parade. Following is the list of marching bands appearing in the 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with the musical selections that will be performed during their televised appearance:

Father Ryan High School Band
Nashville, Tennessee
Band Size: 83 Members
Band Director: Jeff Shletzer
Musical Selection: "Asphalt Cocktail"

Fortino Melgoza Gongalez Banda Musical Delfines
Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Band Size: 210 Members
Band Director: Jorge Castillo Vasquez
Musical Selection: "Fiesta Mexican"

Kenton Ridge High School Marching Cougar Band
Springfield, Ohio
Band Size: 146 Members
Band Director: James Templeton
Musical Selection: "The Cougar Ragtime Band"

Macy's Great American Marching Band
United States
Band Size: 245 Members
Band Director: Dr. Rick Good & Dennis Rhoads
Musical Selection: "Up the Lazy River"

Niceville High School Eagle Pride Marching Band
Niceville, Florida
Band Size: 295 Members
Band Director: Daniel Wooten
Musical Selection: "Jazzy Jingle Bells"

North Carolina A&T State University Blue and Gold Marching Machine
Greensboro, North Carolina
Band Size: 246 Members
Band Director: Dr. Kenneth Ruff
Musical Selection: "Herald Square Medley" and "Empire State of Mind"

Oak Ridge High School War Eagle Band
Conroe, Texas
Band Size: 274 Members
Band Director: Jack Allen
Musical Selection: "Dashing Through the Snow"

Saratoga High School Marching Band
Saratoga, California
Band Size: 230 Members
Band Director: Michael Boitz
Musical Selection: "2012 American Overture"

United States Air Force Band & Honor Guard
Washington D.C.
Band Size: 200 Members
Band Director: CMSgt Edward Teleky
Musical Selection: "This is My Country"

University of Louisiana Lafayette Marching Band
Lafayette, Louisiana
Band Size: 280 Members
Band Director: Brian Taylor
Musical Selection: "Let the Good Times Roll"

Wyoming All-State Marching Band
Band Size: 250 Members
Band Director: Dave Bellis
Musical Selection: "Silverado"

In addition to the marching bands, the following performance groups will also appear in the 86th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team
Plymouth, Michigan
Group Size: 17 Members
Group Leader: Fred Hill
Routine: "One Very Tricky Briefcase Maneuver"

Heartland Hoedowners
Elkhorn, Nebraska
Group Size: 54 Members
Group Leader: Rennae Tieken
Routine: "Polichinelles"

The King Charles Unicycle Troupe
New York, New York
Group Size: 7 Members
Group Leader: King Anthony James
Routine: "Basketball-Playing Unicyclists"

Spangles Dance Company
New York, New York
Group Size: 25 Members
Group Leader: Debby & Teddy Spangles aka Sonia Iannetti & Richard Hinds
Routine: "The Heat is On"

Spirit Of America Dance
United States
Group Size: 650 Members
Group Leader: Laura Davis
Routine: "Gaga Medley"

The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees
Oakland, California
Group Size: 55 Members
Group Leader: Pamm Drake
Routine: "We Need a Little Christmas"

Stagedoor Manor
United States
Group Size: 140 Members
Group Leader: Konnie Kitrell
Routine: "Santa by the Book"

Texas State University Strutters
San Marcos, Texas
Group Size: 110 Members
Group Leader: Susan Angell-Gonzalez
Routine: "Kickin'"

Varsity Spirit Cheer
United States
Group Size: 650 Members
Group Leader: Roger Hayes
Routine: "Get it Started Medley"

Further information on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade can be obtained by calling the Parade Hotline at (212) 494-4495 or by visiting

See more information on about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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