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Musical selections announced for 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade marching bands

Twelve bands featured in the 2017 Macy's Parade lineup

NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2017) — A fantastic lineup of marching bands will entertain viewers with a wide variety of music during the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade will feature more than 2,500 band members performing in high school, university, military and all-star marching bands. The groups will perform for more than 3.5 million spectators and 50 million television viewers nationwide during the 2017 spectacle which steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 23.

91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the first time, a band from Alaska will perform in the Thanksgiving spectacle. The Colony High School Marching Band from Palmer, Alaska, is the state's only active marching band and will be making its first trip to the Macy's Parade.

For all of the invited marching bands, their Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade journey began more than 18 months ago, when Macy's officials extended invitations to participate in the 2017 parade. Selection into the Macy's Parade was based on submitted videos of past performances, awards, national recognition, letters of recommendation and each band's unique personality to captivate an audience. Since their selection, the marching bands have been busy perfecting their skills and raising funds for their trip to New York City.

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Following is the list of marching units appearing in the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with the musical selections that will be performed during their televised appearance in Herald Square:

Colony H.S. (Palmer, AK) will perform in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, marking the first time a band from Alaska has appeared in the spectacular parade. Colony High School
Palmer, Alaska
Band Director: Jamin Burton
Band Size: 104
34th Street Performance: "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That"

Davis High School
Kaysville, Utah
Band Director: Steven Hendricks
Band Size: 309
34th Street Performance: "Ode to Joy"

Macy's Great American Marching Band
Students from across the country
Band Director: Dr. Rick Good
Band Size: 240
34th Street Performance: "Holiday Celebration"

Nation Ford High School
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Band Director: Martin Dickey
Band Size: 200
34th Street Performance: "We Gather Together"

NYPD Marching Band
New York Police Department, New York, New York
Band Director: Lt. Tony Giorgio
Band Size: 50
34th Street Performance: "Stand By Me"

Ohio University
Athens, Ohio
Band Director: Ricky Suk
Band Size: 241
34th Street Performance: "25 or 6 to 4"

Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, Texas
Band Director: Timmey Zachery
Band Size: 330
34th Street Performance: Highlights from the HBCU Band

Rockford High School
Rockford, Michigan
Band Director: Brian Phillips
Band Size: 308
34th Street Performance: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Rosemount High School
Rosemount, Minnesota
Band Director: Ben Harloff
Band Size: 276
34th Street Performance: "Pride in the Past, Promise in the Future"

Trumbull High School
Trumbull, Connecticut
Band Director: Peter Horton
Band Size: 152
34th Street Performance: "My Favorite Things"

U.S. Air Force Band and Honor Guard
Washington, DC
Band Director: Col. Larry H. Lang, USAF
Band Size: 160
34th Street Performance: "Air Force Song"

West Harrison High School
Gulfport, Mississippi
Band Director: Tim Garrett
Band Size: 215
34th Street Performance: "Enterprising Young Men"

In addition to the marching bands, the following performance groups will appear in the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

34th & Phunk
Group Director: Sean Flanagan
Choreographers: Willdabeast & Janelle Ginestra
Group Size: 61
34th Street Performance: "Manolo" (Remix)

Camp Broadway
Students nationwide
Group Director: Susan Lee
Group Size: 125
34th Street Performance: "This is a Great Country"

Red Hot Mamas
Post Falls, Idaho
Group Director: Mikki Stevens
Group Size: 50
34th Street Performance: "Gimme Some Lovin'"

Spirit of America Cheer
Students nationwide
Group Director: Roger Hayes
Group Size: 550
34th Street Performance: "Shake Your Body"

Spirit of America Dance Stars
Students nationwide
Group Director: Laura Davis
Group Size: 550
34th Street Performance: "House of Make Believe"

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

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