On November 24, 2016, a proud musical tradition will continue! With the success of the inaugural band in 2006, and the bands that have followed, Macy's has asked MUSIC FESTIVALS & TOURS to once again continue to be their proud partner with The Macy's Great American Marching Band for the 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Honoring America's finest high school musicians, this band will be comprised of select students from across the United States. The musicians are under the direction of Auburn University's Dr. Richard Good and Assistant Director, Professor Barry Houser, from the University of Illinois. The 185 musicians will be complemented by approximately 40 flags and dancers.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is internationally recognized as the official start of the holiday season and world-famous as a uniquely American entertainment extravaganza.
Once again, this prestigious band will take an honor position among the gigantic helium balloons, impressive floats carrying celebrities, and the nation's top marching bands. Stepping-off from Central Park, the Band will be cheered by the 3 million spectators lining the parade route. Arriving at Macy's Herald Square, the Band will perform for celebrity hosts, a grandstand audience, and more than 50 million TV viewers watching the broadcast live on NBC.
In addition to marching in the parade, all selected participants' package plans will include meals, lodging, and New York City sightseeing. Are you ready to be a part of The Macy's Great American Marching Band? Click on the "Brochure & Application" link to download an application.
We are now accepting applications for 2016. Selections will be based on written application and submitted auditions via You Tube. Percussion instructions are included under the Audition Requirements link.
We have rolling auditions deadlines. They are March 30, May 30, June 30, August 15, and September 15. Slots by state and position are limited and can fill quickly. Apply early for the best chance of selection as openings by state and or instrument/position can close at anytime
All auditions must be posted to You Tube. Please see instructions on the registration material. Applicants that are accepted will be notified as soon as possible. The date for Alumni, students who were selected to the band and are eligible to return, to automatically be accepted is March 11. After that, you will need to go up against new applicants.
The Band Hall, TN, has designed and provided the Band's custom uniforms. Sousaphones are supplied by Jupiter Band Instruments. Marching drums are supplied by Mapex Drums, a division of Jupiter Instruments.
Dennis Rhoads, President
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