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Rockford band marches in Macy’s parade


The Rockford High School Marching Band performing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” in front of Macy’s Department Store in New York during the annual Thanksgiving parade. Courtesy photo.

The Rockford High School drum line in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Courtesy photo.

From the Rockford Squire

Thanksgiving 2017 was a day to remember for the Rockford High School Marching Band as the 308 member ensemble performed in the national spotlight in the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Over 1,000 family members and friends of the band joined 40 chaperones to witness this once in a lifetime event.

The band had a grand send off for the Thanksgiving week as hundreds of fans lined the road leading from the school with signs, fireworks and words of encouragement. After over 12 hours on the seven coach busses, the group arrived at their destination to begin their whirlwind week of activities. History and arts were mixed as the students took in the historical sights of New York including the 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Broadway show “Wicked” and the Rockette’s Holiday Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. 

Prior to the parade, the band performed a concert in Central Park and showcased for a large audience their 2017 state championship music from their show “TAO.” In addition, the listeners treated them to the Motown favorite “I Want You Back” by the Jackson-5, “Armed Forces on Parade” and the school’s fight song.

To prepare for their parade, the band had to travel two hours outside of New York City to Connecticut for rehearsal to put the finishing touches on their day in the national spotlight.

Thanksgiving morning came early with a 3:00 a.m. call time to head to Herald Square for their run through of their special performance of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in front of the iconic Macy’s store for broadcast by NBC. Following breakfast, the group headed to Central Park to line up for the 2.5-mile parade, which began at 9:00 a.m. and concluded at noon. They capped off the day with a celebratory dinner/dance cruise of the New York harbor with family and friends, where they were able to witness the NY skyline and Statue of Liberty lit up again the dark night sky.

The band thanks everyone for their support and encouragement that made this trip a reality.

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Rockford Marching Band selected to play Macy’s Thanksgiving parade


 

Band holding fundraisers to support trip

The Rockford High School Marching Band has been chosen as one of ten music programs to perform at the nationally televised 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday, November 23.

Rockford High School Marching Band completed a rigorous two-year application process in order to perform at the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The application process included extensive screenings and review of letter of recommendations, resumes, and video footage.

Rockford HS Marching Band was chosen from a field of over 200 of the best high school, college, military and specialty bands across the country. Since the conception of the Macy’s Parade in 1924, they are the first West Michigan High School Marching Band and third in the State of Michigan to have the honor to perform.

The 350-member music program, under the direction of Brian Phillips, is asking the community to assist in multiple fundraising efforts to aid their March to Macy’s. The band is looking to raise $500,000 for the trip.

The Cedar Springs community has a chance to help raise funds for the Rockford band on Tuesday, July 25, when Cedar Springs Brewing Company will hold a community giveback night. Between 4-9 p.m. they will donate 10 percent of all food sales to the Rockford Marching Band.

If you’d like to donate directly or find other events to participate in, visit http://www.rockfordbands.org/wp/.

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The Post travels to New York City


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N-Post-travels1-New-York-HankinsRose Hankins, who has lived in Cedar Springs for over 50 years, took the Post on a trip recently to New York City.  Rose can be seen the photos with her two granddaughters Rebekah and Rin achel in New York City at the Statue of Liberty and Good Morning America. “Rose was adamant about making sure the Post was in her pictures,” wrote Rachel.

Thanks so much, Rose, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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