When marching bands from around the country go high-stepping through the streets of New York City on Thanksgiving Day next year, a group from Blue Springs High School will be among them.
The high school's Golden Regiment Marching Band has been selected to participate in the the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The band was chosen from among hundreds of applicants for one of the nine marching band slots for the 93rd edition of the holiday spectacular.
"We are absolutely ecstatic and honored to perform in America’s premier parade: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade," said Tim Allshouse, the school's band director. "Everybody gets up on Thanksgiving Day to welcome in the holiday season and to watch Santa’s arrival to Times Square on worldwide television, and to know that we are going to be a part of that is indescribable."
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Over the years, the school's marching band has been chosen for the parade three other times.
"This event is one like no other, and the experience of performing in this historic American tradition literally stays with you for the rest of your life," Allshouse said. "We know Macy’s likes to invite new bands, and we really appreciate the chance to return for this generation of Blue Springs band members."
The Golden Regiment "certainly is a decorated group," said Katy Woolf, spokeswoman for the Blue Springs School District. Earlier this school year the band placed in the top 10 at the Grand National Competition in Indianapolis.
The band recently traveled to the Rose Bowl Parade and to Hawaii for the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
The other Blue Springs high school, South High, marched earlier this year in the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D. C.