ELKHART — Eight charter buses hauling 365 Elkhart-area residents will be heading to New York City this week.
That group includes the Concord High School Marching Minutemen, who will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Everyone else?
That’s the entourage.
“We’ve got 121 adults going,” band director Scott Spradling said. “About 25 of those are helping with the performance, and everyone else is family.”
Spradling said that he found out the band would be in this year’s parade in spring 2011. Some 200 high school bands apply to be in the parade each year, and just eight make the cut, he said. The Minutemen will be the only band from Indiana in the parade.
This year will be the Minutemen’s seventh appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The last time the band went was 2007.
“I’ve never been so excited for something,” said band member Katelynn James.
She added, “I’m a little nervous about all the people watching but I think we’ll do fine.”
Andy Foy, another band member, said being in the parade is an honor, especially because he will be graduating this spring.
“Not many other bands get to do this,” Foy said. “This is sort of my last hurrah in band, as a senior.”
Spradling said the parade is one of the few that’s nationally televised. And the Macy’s parade still allows bands to do a small show instead of just marching and playing.
“This brings us national attention for a positive thing, where we are hopefully showing everyone that we value music education,” Spradling said. “It’s another great accomplishment for this school and this community.”
If you’re not planning to spend Thanksgiving in New York City, here’s how you can see the band perform.
The Minutemen are the third marching band in the parade lineup, and Spradling said that their performance will take place at exactly 10:22 a.m. The parade is broadcast live on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon.