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We hope that everyone will be joining us on Thanksgiving day by watching the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! We cannot wait to watch and support all of the amazing marching bands that will be featured throughout the parade. We are especially excited this year to say that all of the high school bands that will be marching in the parade are in the Bands of America family! Congratulations to all of you on being selected for the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

So make sure you tune in and join us in supporting these incredible ensembles as they perform for nearly 50 million television viewers nationwide! We know they will make us proud! The parade steps off at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 23rd. You can watch the parade live on NBC. The telecast will air from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon in all time zones.

Below is a list of all of the marching bands you will see in the parade!

Colony High School Marching Band
Palmer, Alaska

Davis High School Marching Band
Kaysville, Utah

Nation Ford High School Marching Band
Fort Mill, South Carolina

Ohio University Marching 110
Athens, Ohio

Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm
Prairie View, Texas

Rockford High School Marching Band
Rockford, Michigan

Rosemount High School Marching Band
Rosemount, Minnesota

Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band
Trumbull, Connecticut

The United States Air Force Band
Washington, DC

West Harrison High School Marching Band
Gulfport, Mississippi

Macy's Great American Marching Band
USA 

NYPD Marching Band
New York

For great Macy's coverage (including a list of what these bands will be performing!) visit our friends at Marching.com.

For more information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade visit www.macys.com/parade.

The 2017 Bands of America Grand National Championships kicked off Wednesday evening, November 8 with a festive celebration of music, pageantry, and friendship as the annual Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament graced the Lucas Oil Stadium field. The event was especially momentous for Arlington, Broad Ripple Magnet, and Northwest High Schools in the final competition for those bands due to school closure.

The coveted Spirit Award ensures audience participation plays a major role at this event with a $1,000 scholarship given to the school with the most enthusiastic boosters. Crispus Attucks H.S. brought a huge group of people and won the award for the fourth consecutive year. Music for All CEO Eric Martin also announced a $1,000 pledge to each of the four remaining IPS bands to support music education in those schools.

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Arsenal Technical H.S. won for the third time in a row in the Corps-style Division, creating a cinematic spectacle with selections from action and thriller movies. George Washington Community H.S. finished second, shaking the building with music from the soundtrack of blockbuster motion picture Godzilla.

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Broad Ripple Magnet H.S. took the Show-style crown for the third straight year by playing hits of Beyoncé, featuring a talented vocalist and a dance line with moves that would make the Superstar proud. Runner-up Crispus Attucks H.S. showcased their eye-catching majorette line with a tribute to legendary rapper Tupac Shakur.

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The limber dancers of Arlington H.S. contorted into positions the human body should not be able to do, while Northwest Community H.S. gave a rousing final performance of “Goodbye” with an array of tunes about saying farewell. Two special exhibition performances from our Aloha State neighbors, Mililani H.S. and Maui H.S., provided even more excitement, plus an exciting show by the Marian University to close the evening.


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Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of the best and brightest of America’s future. To the winners in life who took the field, we salute you all. Go for it! Break ranks!

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Utah Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Southern California Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Northern California Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

Check out the awards photos from the 2017 Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional Championship!

High resolution awards photos (as well as additional action photos of each band) can be viewed and purchased on the Jolesch Enterprises website: http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html

SamCantorWEBby Sam Cantor, Event Coordinator, Music for All
Event Manager of the 2017 Bands of America West Texas Regional Championship, presented by Yamaha

It was a brisk, windy morning in Midland under the “Friday night lights” that are West Texas football stadiums. These lights, though, were illuminating the turf in preparation for a different kind of competition. The staff and volunteers scuttled about the field making sure every last detail was perfect for what would be the first Bands of America Regional Championship to come to West Texas in 10 years.

By the time the first band took the field, the sun had risen, the temperature was climbing, and the wind was picking up. There was a palpable excitement in the air for what was to come that day in Midland.

This day, almost a year in the making, started out with a simple phone conversation I had with Jason Brents, the director of Midland Lee High School’s Mighty Rebel Band. “I was so excited that I thought it was a practical joke!” said Mr. Brents of the original conversation. Mr. Brents wasted no time in contacting is colleagues throughout Midland, Odessa, El Paso, and Lubbock. With each new band director committing to participate, the event got closer and closer to reality.

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When Bands of America finally officially announced the Midland show in mid-December 2016 , we had 12 bands from the West Texas area committed. Word got around quickly to bands from around Texas heard about this new Bands of America show in Grande Communications Stadium, and they were quick to sign up. Bands from Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, New Mexico, and even Nebraska joined the fun!

In all, we saw 23 amazing bands take the field on Saturday, October 14, many of whom had never competed with Bands of America before, or at least not for several years.

The gratitude expressed by the participating directors and spectators to Music for All staff (for simply being in West Texas) was overwhelming and much appreciated. According to Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, who was greeting bands at the band entrance on Saturday, “Director after director entered the field with the words like ‘How do we ensure this show is here every year’ and ‘This is the best thing that has ever happened to our bands.’”

As much as this was a profound experience for the bands of West Texas and the surrounding region, seeing the reactions of the kids, was a positively life-changing experience for me as well. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the people I encountered through out my three days in Midland.

I cannot wait to get back to West Texas next year, and for many years to come!

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