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On November 25, 2021, 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 95th 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 band is under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, Auburn University, Dr. Doug Rosener, Auburn University, Percussion Director, Mr. Bart Woodley of WGI, Flag Instructor, and Ms. Kailene Laga, Montclair State University, 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 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?

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 partners the New Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.

Applications for the 2021 MGAMB & MGAMAB are now closed. We are no longer accepting any more applications for this year's Macy's Great American Marching Band & Alumni Band.

Please Note: At this time the deadline to cancel and receiving a refund has now passed. Anyone canceling as of October 26, 2021 there will be no refund given. We have already paid for admission tickets, hotels, meals, etc.... 

This statement was emailed to all 2021 participants on Monday, September 13, 2021.

To All MGAMB (HIgh School) & MGAMAB (Alumni Band) Members:

As you are probably aware, on September 9 Macy’s and the city of New York announced that the annual Thanksgiving Parade will once again be held live on November 25, 2021.  This is exciting news for all of us, after having gone through the cancellation of last year’s live parade.

It should be noted, however, that the decision to hold the parade was made with the following provisions in place:

  • All participants and accompanying staff must be fully vaccinated.
  • No exceptions to the vaccination requirement (medical, religious, or otherwise) will be made.
  • Social distancing practices, where possible, will be in place and face coverings will be used as warranted by the participant's role.

It should be noted that these provisions were developed by Macy’s and the city of New York, and as a participating group, the MGAMB and MGAMAB must be in 100% compliance.  Please note also, that we are in full support of these requirements and we feel that they are necessary in order to maximize the health and safety precautions that we will have in place for our group.

As you can imagine, there are still many unanswered questions as to the logistics of the parade itself as well as the collecting of participant information prior to the parade.  Macy’s and NYC are in the process of developing necessary protocols and they will provide us with that information once it is available.  Rest assured that we will pass any appropriate information on to you once we receive it.

In the meantime, knowing that  being fully vaccinated is an ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT to participate the the parade, please make arrangements to get vaccinated if you have not already done so.

Thank you.

Macy's Great American Marching Band Staff
Music Festivals & Tours



Dennis Rhoads, President


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