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Musical selections announced for 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade marching bands

Twelve bands featured in the 2018 Macy's Parade lineup

92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Route Map NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2018) — A fantastic lineup of marching bands will entertain viewers with a wide variety of music during the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade will feature nearly 3,000 band members performing in high school, university, police and all-star marching bands. The groups will perform for more than 3.5 million spectators and 50 million television viewers nationwide during the 2018 spectacle which steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 22.

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 2018 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 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with the musical selections that will be performed during their televised appearance in Herald Square:

The Keller H.S. Marching Band (TX) is making its first appearance in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018. Cicero-North Syracuse High School Northstars Marching Band
Cicero, New York
Band Director: Karen Seamans
Band Size: 129
Performance: "On Broadway"

Grants Pass High School Marching Band and Color Guard
Grants Pass, Oregon
Band Director: Jason Garcia
Band Size: 232
Performance: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Homewood High School Patriot Band
Homewood, Alabama
Band Director: Ron Pence
Band Size: 400
Performance: "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Band Director: Scott Rikkers
Band Size: 535
Performance: "I Got Rhythm"

Keller High School Marching Band
Keller, Texas
Band Director: Mark McGahey
Band Size: 395
Performance: "Gloria"

Lafayette High School Mighty Lion Marching Band
Lafayette, Louisiana
Band Director: Scotty Walker
Band Size: 205
Performance: "Let It Snow"

Macy's Great American Marching Band
Students from across the country
Band Director: Dr. Rick Good
Band Size: 224
Performance: "Think"

NYPD Marching Band
New York City Police Dept., New York, NY
Band Director: Lt. Tony Giorgio
Band Size: 50
Performance: "Lean on Me"

The Ohio State University Marching Band
Columbus, Ohio
Band Director: Christopher Hoch
Band Size: 232
Performance: "Lullaby of Broadway"

Park Vista High School Performers Marching Band
Lake Worth, Florida
Band Director: Patrick Duncan
Band Size: 220
Performance: "A Countdown to New Years"

Riverside City College Marching Tigers
Riverside, California
Band Director: James Rocillo
Band Size: 165
Performance: "Sing, Sang, Sung"

Woodland High School Wildcat Marching Band
Cartersville, Georgia
Band Director: Eric Willoughby
Band Size: 202
Performance: "Joyful, Hallelujah"

In addition to the marching bands, the following performance groups will appear in the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:

Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Group Director: Stephen Knight
Group Size: 60
Performance: "Medley of Fred Astaire Classics"

Spirit of America Cheer
Students nationwide
Group Director: Roger Hayes
Group Size: 500
Performance: "Spreading Spirit Down 34th Street"

Spirit of America Dance Stars
Students nationwide
Group Director: Laura Davis
Group Size: 600
Performance: "Winter Wonderland

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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