On Thursday, Nov. 22, marching bands from all three high schools (Coffman, Jerome, and Scioto) will be marching in the Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia, PA. The Philadelphia parade is known as the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States and marching bands across the country apply to be a part of it. Only 19 bands are selected to march each year.
This will be the second time that all three bands have marched in this parade together, the first being in 2014. The students will depart for their trip on Nov. 18 and return on Nov. 22.
“When planning a trip like this, you have to think about the logistics. Specifically, how many kids are going, is it enough to sound good, what else are we going to do during the trip, and how are we going to include an educational aspect?” said Dublin Scioto band director Jim Gray.
This is an honor for all three high schools to be marching in the parade together.
“I’m proud that our students get to experience this once in a lifetime learning opportunity,” said Dublin Coffman Principal Mike Ulring. “The performing arts and the visual arts are highly valued in Dublin City Schools and we are excited these students get to perform on a national stage.”
On their way to Philadelphia, the bands will be staying in New York City where they will be visiting the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, touring Manhattan, watching a broadway show, and attending a Jazz at Lincoln Center performance.
“I’m excited to march in the Thanksgiving Parade with the team I’ve become so close with over the last four years,” said Dublin Jerome marching band senior Rachel Smith.” We spend so much time trying to perfect the art of performing, and I can’t wait to experience and learn from the professional performers in New York City,” said Smith.
The Thanksgiving Parade starts at 8:30am and will be aired live on Philadelphia’s local ABC station. Click here to learn more: http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wpvi/html/tdp17/index.html
The Thanksgiving Day Parade will also be aired live (in Columbus) on WWHO - CW Columbus.