Will you watch it? My grandson and his high school marching band will perform!
Concord High School's Marching Minutemen will spend Thanksgiving in New York, as they make the school's seventh trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Concord's band, 245 members strong, has been raising money for the trip over the past year, and they have been practicing their Macy's show since the summer. "We knew that as our season progressed that we would be involved with our normal, football field state competition, and Macy's was a separate animal we had to prepare for," said Scott Sprading, the school's Director of Music.
The Minutemen have focused exclusively on the parade over the past couple weeks ever since finishing as runner-up to Greenwood High School in Class B of the State Marching Band Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium. "We were really close to winning a state title, and there was some disappointment on the part of the students there. I wasn't sure how they would respond, but since then, they are gung-ho ready to go to New York," said Spradling.
Spradling says the band had to prepare two songs to play while marching the two-and-a-half mile parade route; they chose "Here Comes Santa Claus" and the Concord school song, which just happens to be the Navy theme "Anchor's Aweigh." For their truncated show in front of the Macy's store that will be televised by NBC, Spradling chose the classic "Journey To The Center Of Your Mind", the only hit song from Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes. The selection didn't go over with a Macy's official at first. "When I said 'we're going to do this tune', he said 'Okay. I'm not sure this is going to work. So, I sent him a recording of the arrangement. As soon as he got it, he said 'okay. I love it," Spradling said.
Concord will be the third band in the Macy's parade lineup - Spradling says their approximate performance time on TV will be 10:20 am.