minutemen to march in big apple for macy’s parade

Director had to hold info for a month

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

DUNLAP — Scott Spradling found it difficult keeping a huge secret for nearly a month. “It was ridiculously hard,’’ said Spradling, the music director at Concord High School.

On Tuesday afternoon, he was finally able to tell his Minutemen marching band members that the school had been invited to perform at the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Spradling’s emotions were two-fold — joy for the freshmen and sophomores who’ll be able to make the trip in 18 months and meloncholy for the current upperclassmen who will have graduated by then.

“I’m excited for the community of Elkhart, I’m excited for the program,” Spradling said, “but I’m saddened by the fact that juniors and seniors who were part of the band the last couple of years are not a part of it.”

Spradling noted that Concord’s Indiana Class B state championship in 2011, and the Minutemen’s legacy from six previous trips in the last 40 years, played a huge role in the present offer from Macy’s.

“I told (the upperclassmen) that’s a huge reason we were able to achieve this,” Spradling said.

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