Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Bands To Look Out For

As one of the most mainstream opportunities to watch great marching bands, the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has a lineup worth paying attention to! Twelve marching bands will be featured in this year's parade on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.

Performing alongside John Legend and Pentatonix are just one benefit from making the 2.5 mile-long trek throughout New York City, from 9 AM ET to 12 PM.

At the end of the road, the bands will get a chance to perform a piece that they've prepared just for a very special, typically very cold Thursday in late November!

CNS H.S. Northstars Marching Band - Cicero, New York

  • "On Broadway" by Weil and Man, Lieber and Stoller
  • 129 performers

Grants Pass H.S. Marching Band & Color Guard - Grands Pass, Oregon

  • "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Harold Alren and Igor Rosenow
  • 233 performers

Homewood Patriot Band - Homewood, Alabama

  • "Swanee" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" by George Gershwin, Joey Crittenden, and Irving Berlin
  • 400 performers

JMU Marching Royal Dukes - Harrisonburg, Virginia

  • "I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
  • 535 performers

Keller High School Marching Band - Keller, Texas

  • "Gloria" by John Milford Rutter
  • 395 performers

Lafayette H.S. Mighty Lion Marching Band - Lafayette, Louisiana

  • "Let It Snow" by Sammy Cahn and Julie Styne
  • 205 performers

Macy's Great American Marching Band

  • 224 performers

NYPD Marching Band - New York, New York

  • Made up of active duty police officers

Ohio State University Marching Band - Columbus, Ohio

  • "Lullaby of Broadway" by Harry Warren
  • 247 performers

Park Vista High School Marching Band Performers - Lake Worth, Florida

  • "A Countdown To New Year" by Kevin Morrison
  • 220 performers

Riverside City College Marching Tigers - Riverside, California

  • "Sing, Sang, Sung" by Gordon Goodwin
  • 165 performers

Woodland High School Wildcat Marching Band

  • "Joyful, Hallelujah" by Brett Bawcum
  • 202 performers

Premium Watch Guide: Must-See Guide To WGI Weekend #2

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The very first weekend of WGI Percussion/Winds competition is finally coming to FloMarching this Saturday, February 16! Also, in Indianapolis, we will see one of the strongest schedules of the season at a show that's not a Power Regional. 

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Troopers Announce 2019 Show "Beyond Boundaries"

Earlier this week, the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps released their show concept for the upcoming Drum Corps International season, "Beyond Boundaries." 

Preview: ConneXus, INov8 Make PIW Premiere @ WGI Dayton

Just seven weeks before WGI World Championships return to the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, 27 percussion ensembles and a trio of winds ensembles will take the all-too-familiar stage for an early-season, two-day regional, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Preview: WGI Indianapolis Brings All-Star Lineup To Flo

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This weekend's WGI Indianapolis Regional has a line-up that could go head-to-head against the Power Regional schedules in late March. This is going to be a good one, folks, so stick around for the whole weekend.

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Graham: A-Class Spotlight, 10 Of The Top Guards Since 2014

Having spent 7 years competing in A-Class myself, I understand the amount of work members are putting in, often not even to make it past the preliminary round in Dayton.

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RECAP: West Coast Guards Make Debut @ WGI Riverside

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First and foremost, I want to bring attention to the Palm Desert school district winter guards, all three of them. I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in the Coachella Valley, but these kids are ridiculously good. I’ve been involved in this activity since 1986 (I started spinning when I was 4-years-old, here in the Northeast), and I’ve seen a lot of very good, very young guards (St. Ann’s in the mid-1990s, I’m looking at you). That said, I couldn’t be more impressed with these programs.

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RECAP: Class-By-Class Highlights @ 2019 WGI Dallas Regional

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The 2019 WGI Dallas Regional featured a lot of tough competition in Scholastic A and Open class. With 32 SA entries in prelims, only 15 were able to move on to finals. Of the 8 SO groups in Prelims, only 6 moved on to Finals. 

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Joe Roach Takes Over As Music City Drum Corps Director

Music City Goes Off The Rail In Atlanta

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Today, February 8, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps made the announcement that Joe Roach, a long-time administrative staff member of The Cavaliers, will now take over as the new corps director. 

Schack: Show Design From The Ground Up, A Process

Dan Schack is the Battery Coordinator/Choreographer of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and the Creative Director of George Mason University Indoor Drumline. Outside of his musical endeavors, Dan is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Delaware.

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Weekly Watch Guide: WGI Weekend #2 Feb. 16-17

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Making their 2019 debut on FloMarching in weekend #2 of the Winter Guard International season—percussion and winds! The divisions will join guard in competition over the two-day regional in Dayton, OH. Meanwhile, some of the best color guards that the United States has to offer will be competing in Indianapolis at Warren Central and Greenfield Central High Schools.