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Applications/Auditions for the 2024 MGAMB is now open and being accepted. Please apply early. 


Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpets, Mellophone, Sousaphone, Banner Carrier, Dancers and Color Guard positions are now closed. We are not accepting any more applications for these sections.


On November 28, 2024, 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 98th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Honoring America's finest high school musicians, color guard members and dancers, this band will be comprised of select students from across the United States.

The band is under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, Auburn University, Mr. Alex Shive, Cass High School, Percussion Director, Mr. Bart Woodley of WGI, Flag Instructor, and Ms. Kailene Laga, Dance Instructor. This staff is also assisted by several talented music educators from across the country who serve as section instructors for the winds and percussion and assist in teaching the music, Herald Square drill and parade formation. 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 3.5 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?

Auditions for 2024 opened on January 15. We have rolling auditions deadlines. 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. Please use the Navigation Links for further information and to submit an application.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors. Please visit our sponsors page and click on the logos to link to their websites. The Band Hall in Nashville, TN, has designed and provided the Band's custom uniforms. and Marching drums are supplied by Mapex Drums, a division of Jupiter Instruments, through our partner the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. A very special thanks to Vic Firth/Zildjian and Remo.


Dennis Rhoads, President


Ron Simmons, Executive Director


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