DRUM ROLL PLEASE…
THE WYOMING ALL-STATE MARCHING BAND HAS BEEN SELECTED TO PERFORM IN THE 2012 MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE®
New York, NY and Cheyenne, WY - May 17, 2011 - Macy’s Parade officials today joined Wyoming Governor Matt Mead in announcing the selection of the Wyoming All-State Marching Band to perform in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ®. Every year, at the sound of Let’s Have a Parade, the spectacular event steps off to the musical beat of the nation’s best marching bands. The highly coveted marching band slots in the line-up of giant balloons, fantastic floats, clowns and performance groups, can only be filled by the best of the best each year. With more than 3.5 million live spectators and a nationwide audience of more than 50 million viewers, the Macy’s Parade is the ultimate entertainment stage for elite performers. The bands are huge crowd pleasers providing the musical pulse to the holiday revelry for the millions of spectators enjoying America’s Parade.
“We are thrilled that the Wyoming High School All-State Marching Band will be returning to the Macy’s Parade family once again in 2012. Their great sound and exemplary marching ability will honor and represent the great state of Wyoming on a national stage at the Macy’s Parade, and we look forward to their return to New York City in front of millions of spectators,” said Wesley Whatley, associate creative director of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“I am extremely proud that Wyoming will be represented again and am eager to watch along with so many others as our All-State Band marches in New York City,” Governor Mead said. “Congratulations to the band’s directors and best of luck to all our students who will audition for the All-State Band this year.”
“We are very excited to have been chosen to participate in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Tyler Surrell, executive band director, Wyoming All-State Marching Band. “It will truly be an honor to represent the entire state of Wyoming at such a prestigious event!”
The Wyoming All-State Marching Band was selected to be one of 11 marching ensembles in the 2012 Parade out of more than 150 applicants nationwide. Their above par musical ability, marching and performance skills took them to the top of the list and won them a slot in the legendary Parade that will see them step into the line of march on Thursday, November 22,
2012. The All-State Band last marched in the Macy’s Parade in 1994.
The Macy’s Parade takes more than a year to plan, with bands chosen over 18 months before their Parade step-off. Each band application is thoroughly reviewed by the Macy’s Parade Band Committee, which yearly looks for bands that not only have great musical and marching ability, but will also bring an incredible energy and excitement to their performance on the
national stage provided by the Parade’s immense television audience. Interested high school band students can find out more about the band by visiting www.wyoband.com.
For more than 80 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday
cheer. With its star status in homes across the nation, as well as its iconic role in popular culture from classic films (Miracle on 34th Street) to musical tributes (Greenday’s “Macy’s Day Parade”), the Macy’s Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. Featuring fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons, the
Parade’s musical heart comes from its high school and college marching bands.
The road to New York City begins today, but the band will now have months to prepare for the big day. Marked by auditions, fundraisers and rehearsals, all the hard work to come will pay off when the band takes to the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and into history.