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This year on Thanksgiving Day, the Macy’s Great American Marching Band will include three senior students from Bob Jones High School – Richard Brasseale, Katie Schreiber, and Brenton Nash.
Brasseale and Schreiber both play alto saxophone, and Nash plays trombone and has served as drum major for the Patriot Band for the past two years.
The three were chosen for the honor by audition and previous musical accomplishments and have joined other top players from every state in the country in New York City to form the prestigious marching band 225 members strong with a complement of 50 auxiliary flags and dancers for the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Stepping off from Central Park, the Band will take an honor position among the gigantic helium balloons and celebrity floats and will be cheered by the 2.5 million spectators along the parade route.
Arriving at Macy’s Herald Square, the contingent will perform for celebrity hosts, a grandstand audience, and more than 50 million TV viewers watching the broadcast live. The parade will be carried locally on NBC (WAFF—Channel 48) beginning at 9:00 a.m.
In addition to an intense rehearsal schedule, the students will also do some sightseeing, take in a Broadway musical, and enjoy getting to know their fellow honor band members at social events including a Thanksgiving dinner, dance, and reception following the parade.
On Sunday from New York, Brenton Nash said, “It’s an unbelievable honor for the three of us to be able to be here representing Bob Jones and the state of Alabama. One of the best things is getting to meet great players from all over the country. It’s so incredible to come together like this, work together for less than a week, and then put on a national performance.”
Brasseale, Schreiber, and Nash flew out Saturday morning and will return on Friday.