Utah Marching Band to Perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

KAYSVILLE, Utah (Good4Utah) - Band members were in for a big surprise Monday morning at one Utah high school. The Davis High School Marching Band learned they will be performing in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

"It is with great pleasure to announce to all of you today that Davis High School Marching Band has been selected to represent the great state of Utah and perform in New York City in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," said Wesley Whatley, Creative Director for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Davis High band members learned in a secretly planned and surprise announcement their band was selected out of hundreds of applicants to perform in the streets of New York City.

"To get this invitation is huge. It puts you up there with the absolute best of the best in the country," said Steven Hendricks, Director of Bands at Davis High School.
     
The invitation comes four months after Hendricks submitted the application. It was then reviewed by Whatley and staff looking for the best in the nation and they found in the Beehive state. 

"I'm all the excited. Words cannot express. There is confetti. We got to throw it at Mr. Hendricks. This is a great accomplishment for me...I'm a senior so I'm graduating and won't get to go, but I got to make sure this happened and my little sibling is going to do it and it's going to be amazing!" said Andrew & Tim Smalley, brothers and band members at Davis High School.

The performance will also be one of many bittersweet celebrations as the band says goodbye to their fearless leader who is retiring that same school year.

"Congratulations Davis High School, we'll see you guys in 2017," said Whatley.


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