My Son in the Macy’s Day Parade
My son is marching in the Macy’s Day Parade tomorrow. Four High School students from each state are chosen to be part of Macy’s all-high school student band every year. They lead the parade. They will be playing Susa’s "Stars and Stripes Forever" through the entire parade route and then perform several other pieces and a Susa medley when they read the VIP viewing stand at the end of the route.
Paul will be up at 1:00 tomorrow morning and do a full dress rehearsal at 2:30, then hit the parade route at 8:00 a.m. for a roughly two hour march. They say upwards of 3. 5 million people line the parade route. If you catch the parade tomorrow, my son, Paul, is playing first trumpet and is the fourth one from the right in the first row of the trumpets and in the first row in front of the viewing stand. He is lead drum major of his high school marching band here in Saint Louis. Cool, huh?
It’s a pretty impressive organization and program. Paul flew out to New York on Sunday and was fittted for his Macy’s uniform. They supply everything except for unmentionables, which have to be white! They supply the instruments as well, matching Yamaha brass, all silver. They are put up a really fine hotel and tour the city, catch the Radio City Music Hall Christmas special, see the city and go on a harbor Thanksgiving dinner cruise, etc. We wish we could have gone, but…beyond our budget.