GSU Marching Band Selected for 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!



New York, NY- April 20, 2013- Today, Georgia State University Marching Band was surprised to receive the highly anticipated news that they have been selected to perform in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Georgia State University Marching Band will join the line of march in 2014 and begin their performance to the sound of Let’s Have a ParadeTM, the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924. The world famous event is recognized by many as the official start of the holiday season and how could it not be? Fantastic floats, sky high giant character balloons, wacky clowns, superstar performers and the highly anticipated marching bands, have helped the spectacle transcend from a mere march to America’s Parade. With more than 3.5 million live spectators and 50 million at-home viewers, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the ultimate entertainment stage for fans young and old.

The Macy's Band Selection Committee is amazed at the incredible performance quality the Georgia State University Marching Band has achieved in only a short few years of existence! We are thrilled to introduce this exciting new band to the Macy's Parade audience,” said Wesley Whatley, creative director, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It is difficult to express how excited I am to see the Georgia State University Marching Band receive an invitation to march in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Dr. Chester Phillips, director of athletic bands. “Since I was a child, my family has maintained a tradition of watching the parade each Thanksgiving morning, and next year our band will be a part of the magic. Simply amazing! We are honored for the invitation and looking forward to being in New York and performing at Macy's Herald Square in 2014,” he concluded.

Georgia State University is honored that our Marching Band has been selected to march through the streets of New York City in our nation's signature holiday parade, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This achievement is recognition that the marching band, founded only three years ago, has quickly advanced from being a fledgling band to one worthy of the national stage. We are enormously proud of the staff and students who have put in countless hours of planning and practice to get the band to this point,” said Dr. Mark Becker, president, Georgia State University.

W. Dwight Coleman, director, School of Music and Dr. Robert Ambrose, director of bands commented, The School of Music is so grateful to Macys for recognizing the quality of the students and faculty in our marching band. Congratulations to Chester Phillips, his staff and our students for continuing to bring prestige to Georgia State University. We look forward to representing our university, the School of Music and university bands proudly on November 27, 2014.”

For more than 85 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has given thanks to what Macy’s values most its loyal fans. More than 5,000 Macy’s employees and dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to create a spectacular event that entertains the cheerful crowds and provides joy to millions at home watching on Thanksgiving Day. The Parade marches down a more than two-mile long New York City route gleaming with color, music and cheers that fill the autumn sky.

Georgia State University Marching Band was selected to be one of 10 marching ensembles in the 2014 Parade beating out of more than 175 applicants nationwide. Their outstanding musical ability, marching and performance skills and local recognition reinforced Macy’s decision to showcase the band’s talent during the grand march on Thursday, November 27, 2014.

The Macy’s Parade takes more than a year to plan, with bands chosen over 18 months in advance to their Parade debut. Each band application is thoroughly reviewed by the Macy’s Parade Band Committee, which looks every year for bands that not only have great musical and marching ability, but also the stage presence to captivate a nation.

For the next 18 months, the band will prepare for their big performance on Thanksgiving Day. With the support of their state and more importantly, their school community, Georgia State University Marching Band will march its way into Parade history.

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