NEW YORK, NY - In celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Great American Marching Band will once again march into Herald Square on Nov. 24 and four Watchung Hills students will be marching with them.
Students are selected based on their musical ability and past achievements, and Watchung Hills students Peter Bosco, Ryan Branco, Jack Horan and Carl Peterson were all selected this year.
And on Monday, Branco, Horan and Peterson will be on the Today Show between 7 and 10 a.m. (expected to be at 8:30) to perform with 24 other members of the Great American Marching Band.
"Tomorrow Carl, Ryan, Peter and Jack leave for the week to start rehearsals for the Macy's Great American Marching Band, said Senior Drum Major Andrew E. Morrison on Friday. "This is a national band made up of people in all 50 states. It is a huge honor to be selected and it a once in a lifetime experience."
"You will be surrounded by great musicians and will learn a lot about leadership and new ways to run a sectional. There will be long hours of rehearsal and 3 a.m. run-throughs for the parade. It is an experience you shouldn't take for granted.
"The Marching Warriors have be represented in this band almost every year it has been around. Last year Lindsay, Brandon, Emilie and Joshua were fortunate to be able to march and in 2014 I marched with Cuonzo, John Ray and the Briskis.
"It is an experience I will never forget and I made a ton of friends and memories during the week. Do us all proud and represent the school well boys.
"See y'all on TV!"
The opportunity is open to students from over 14,000 high schools across the United States. Since 2006 when the band was formed, more than 2,000 students from across the United States have had the opportunity to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of Macy's Great American Marching Band.
Stepping off from Central Park, the band will be cheered by 3 million live spectators, before arriving at Macy's Herald Square for their national performance for more than 50 million TV viewers watching the broadcast live on NBC.
The students participate in this prestigious band with over 185 students, representing every state. The musicians, under the direction of Dr. Richard Good and assisted by Barry Houser, will be complemented by approximately 40 flags and dancers.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. at 77th Street and Central Park West, then cuts over 59th Street to Sixth Avenue and goes down Sixth Avenue to 34th Street, where it makes a right to Seventh Avenue. It ends at the Macy's flagship store on Seventh Avenue and finishes at noon.