Band From Elkhart To March in 2013 Macy's Parade
Concord High Marching Minutemen focused on raising cash for trip
Concord H.S. Marching Minutemen (Photo courtesy Concord H.S. Band/Tanglewood Photography)
While this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a week away, a high school band in Elkhart is getting ready for next year's parade in New York City.
Listen to Ray Steele's report from Indy's Morning News:
The Marching Minutemen of Concord High School were selected for the 2013 Macy's Parade earlier this year. It's the band's seventh trip to the parade and their first since 2007. Bands who appear in the parade cannot make another appearance for the following five years.
Concord's director of music, Scott Spradling, actually filed the application late last year shortly after his band got a resume-enhancing win at the Indiana State School Music Association marching band competition in Indianapolis. Spradling did not tell anyone about the application, and says when parade officials called him in March to let him know the Minutemen were selected, he had to keep it a secret for another month. Spradling says he and Macy's officials surprised band members and other music department staffers with an impromptu ceremony during a rehearsal in May.
Needless to say, the band was stunned and thrilled. "I've always thought it would be really cool just to go up and watch the Macy's Parade, so to actually be in it, it's really awesome and I'm really excited," said Megan Wietstock, a sophomore flute player.
Band members are now focused on raising money to make the trip to New York. The band has an annual cheese and sausage sale fundraiser already, and band members like Ben Davis, a sophomore clarinet player, are trying to save every penny. "Then, of course, doing a lot of extra work around the house, and picking up some other stuff, and then....being awesome to my parents in asking," said Davis.
Spradling says he will soon start formulating the band's brief show they will perform when they stop in front of the New York Macy's for their televised parade performance, in addition to the songs they will play while marching the more than 2.5 mile parade route.
If you would like to donate or help raise money for the band's trip, you can reach Mr. Spradling at (574) 875-6542, or click HERE to reach him via email.