THE CENTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND from OHIO to perform in
2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®
NEW YORK, NY & DAYTON, OHIO – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17– Today, the Centerville High School Jazz Band, was selected to perform in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of Ohio. This will mark the second Parade appearance by the band, having previously appeared in 1982. Centerville will join the Parade to the call of “Let’s Have a Parade,” the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924.
Each year, the Macy’s Parade Band Committee looks for bands that have the stage presence, musical and marching abilities to captivate more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers. Centerville was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of nine selected bands to march in the 94th edition of the annual holiday spectacle. The band will join the revelry along with other iconic Macy’s staples: floats, giant character balloons, clowns and superstar performers galore on Thanksgiving Day 2020, helping to create an unforgettable experience for millions.
“Over the years, Centerville High School has carved out its own, unique voice in the marching arts, performing exciting jazz arrangements to the delight of crowds across the nation,” said Wesley Whatley, creative producer, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “The Macy’s Band Selection Committee is always on the look-out for programs who set themselves apart and excel. We are thrilled and proud to welcome back The Centerville Jazz Band to the 2020 Macy’s Parade!”
“The Centerville Jazz Band is proud to once again return to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after 38 years!,” said Brandon Barrometti, director of bands at Centerville. “The band last participated in 1982, and will make a celebrated performance in November 2020.”
Centerville will spend the next 18 months planning for their Parade appearance. Rehearsals and creative fundraising events not only bring the school and the community closer but also prepare the students for the march of a lifetime.
For more than ninety 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. Stretching down a more than two-mile-long route in New York City, the spectacle is alive with gleaming color, music and smiles.
About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 90 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. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.
About Centerville City Schools:
Centerville City Schools serve nearly 8,400 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility accommodating and servicing 120 buses that also transports daily to 15 public and 15 non-public schools. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.