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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.

Please note that we are still working on a limited basis and are not in our office. We will only be able to communicate via email and will get back to you as soon as possible. We are in unprecedented times and we are all in this together! Please stay healthy and safe and patient as we all work through this pandemic.

Auditions will open for 2021 on January 4, with the first deadline of February 15. We look forward to having you audition for 2021 to be part of this prestigious ensemble. Please note, since the MGAMB did not perform in 2020, all students that were accepted and will not be graduating this coming spring, was given the option to be automatically accepted for 2021. Therefore, space may be limited in all sections. You are encouraged to apply and audition early as positions may close at any time. Seniors who are graduating in 2021, have been invited to become part of the alumni band as we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the MGAMB in 2021. The following sections are now closed and we will not accept any further applications: Sousaphones, Flags, and Drumline.


Dennis Rhoads, President


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