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Please use the online registration to apply. A non-refundable application processing fee of $30.00 is required by each participant. During the online registration process, you will need to enter a credit card payment for the $30.00 registration fee for your application to be complete and sent to us. Without this payment, your registration form will not be completed and will not go through to us. PLEASE NOTE: Your Pay-Pal receipt will be from our parent company Universal Tours and Excursions.

Once the application process is completed and fee paid, your audition will be reviewed. All applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial. Please be patient to receive your notification as we are processing and listening to hundred's of auditions in addition to handling all of our festivals and performance tours.

The 2019 per participant cost of $1,689.00 (Musician) or $1,764.00 (Flag/Dancer) based on Quad Occupancy, does not include transportation costs. (Flags and Dancer Package Pricing is higher because included in your package is an official Macy's Great American Marching Band Warm-up Suit)

Payments will be made in installments and due dates will be indicated on your Financial Form. You may make payments either online (processing fee applies) using the MAKE PAYMENT Link above or mail a check made payable to MUSIC FESTIVALS & TOURS. If paying by check, please include the student's name and application ID on the memo line. If paying online, please provide the information as requested. For Name of School or Group, please enter Macy's Great American Marching Band and not your individual school. Please use your Application ID # that is on your invoice. PLEASE NOTE: Your Pay-Pal receipt for credit card will be from our parent company Universal Tours and Excursions.

Travel to/from NYC/NJ is the responsibility of the student. Motor coach transportation while in NYC/NJ is provided. In addition, members will be met at LaGuardia, or Newark airports by an official band staff member for included transfers to/from the host hotel. (PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer transfers from JFK Airport and only Penn Station on departure day)

The Package Plan includes:

  • Band membership with performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Indoor Rehearsal Facility
  • Six-nights (6), first-class hotel accommodations at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake located 12 miles from Manhatten  (Quad Occupancy - Two per bed)
  • Meals:  Five (5) Breakfasts, Three (3) Lunches, and Five (5) Dinners
  • Chartered motorcoach transportation for all Band rehearsals, sightseeing/meals and Parade
  • Schedule transfers from LaGuardia or Newark Airports only on arrival day and LaGuardia, Newark, and Penn Station on departure days
  • NYC Sightseeing: Experience: Guided Tour of Madison Square Garden, Free Time in Theater District/Times Square, NYC Broadway Musical, and more (activities are subject to change)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Dance Reception with a DJ
  • Student Leadership Session
  • Instruction with professional staff
  • Official Macy's Commemorative Patch and Participant Button
  • Use of the official Macy's Great American Marching Band Uniform during the parade
  • Macy's Great American Marching Band Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Macy's Great American Marching Band Souvenir Windbreaker
  • Souvenir Lanyard
  • Official MGAMB Warm-up Suit for Flags and Dancers

2019 Schedule Requirements 
All selected participants are required to be at the hotel in New Jersey (outside of NYC) by 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, November 23, 2019. The first mandatory group activity will take place Saturday evening at 9:00 PM and continue through Thursday evening. Friday, November 29th is the return home travel day (meals not provided on travel days).

Rooming Information
All selected participants will be housed in quad rooms (four students - 2 per bed) with two double beds. Upgrades to triples or doubles are available at an additional charge; however, single occupancy is not permitted for safety reasons. Roommate assignments will be made by the staff of MUSIC FESTIVALS AND TOURS.

Code of Conduct / Student Safety
MUSIC FESTIVALS & TOURS will provide a professional chaperones and supervisory staff at the hotel and during the official schedule of events to ensure students' well being. Chaperones are not parents but professional staff that are affiliated with schools. Chaperones will conduct bed checks, nightly meetings, and wake-up checks and oversee all student activities. Chaperone members will include medical professionals who will stay at the hotel and accompany students to all scheduled events and sightseeing. In addition, the host hotel is located outside of NYC and offers interior corridors for safety. All selected students will be required by MUSIC FESTIVALS & TOURS to sign and abide by a code of conduct agreement. Students' parents/guardians will also be required to sign the code of conduct agreement.

Family and Friends
Since the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an American institution, your family and friends are welcome to watch you march down Broadway. Family and friend opportunities will be available with information included in acceptance packets. Families and Friends may also attend rehearsal on Wednesday morning only.

Don't Hesitate to Apply
Being selected to participate in the band is a prestigious opportunity that many in your neighborhood will be glad to support. You and your parents don't have to fund the trip all by yourself. Contact local businesses, music booster organizations, service clubs (Rotary, Lions, etc.) newspapers, and maybe set up a Go Fund Me Page, etc., to help sponsor your trip. 

When You Are Accepted 
You will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance or denial along with an attachment of your Financial Statement and required forms that will need to be returned. These forms are necessary for our staff to prepare for your week in New York and your participation in the band. Please complete the forms and return them to our office along with your deposit. Upon receipt of the forms and your deposit, you will then receive via email a password with instructions and you will then be able to access further information for the event on this website section. Part Assignments (wind players) will be emailed to you in late October along with the link to access and download your music.

When completing and submitting the forms, please keep the following in mind.

1. Print or type clearly and fill out the forms completely. Incomplete or illegible forms will be rejected.
2. One submission of forms per participant. DO NOT Fax or email in addition to submitting in the mail.
3. Passwords to access information will only be sent upon receipt of the forms and payment of your deposit.
4. Please familiarize yourself with the forms and submit them by the deadline date.
5. Make a copy of all completed forms for your own records.

The forms that you will have access to upon acceptance and will need to be turned in with your deposit are: Code of Conduct/Photography Release, Housing, and Uniform/Meal.

Please send forms to:

By Mail:

Macy's Great American Marching Band, P.O. Box 4579, Reading, PA  19606


Macy's Great American Marching Band, 6 Industrial Drive, Birdsboro, PA  19508


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P.O. Box 4579
Reading, PA 19606
Phone: (610) 898-1844 / Toll Free: (800) 545-0935
Fax: (610) 898-1850

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