Miami U. marching band selected for Macy's Parade

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - The Miami University Marching Band will join the line-up of giant balloons, floats, clowns and America's best Marching Bands in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"We are thrilled Miami University Marching Band will be joining the Macy's Parade family," said Wesley Whatley, associate creative director of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "They have shown us that they know how to please a crowd and create excitement. We are sure that they will be a hit with millions of Parade spectators."

Miami University Marching Band were selected to be one of 10 bands in the 2011 Parade out of more than 150 applicants nationwide. Their musical ability, marching and performance skills won them a slot in the Parade that will see them step into the line of march on Thursday, November 24th, 2011.

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 also will be able to perform on the national stage provided by the Parade's immense television audience.

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 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. The Parade also features America's best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy's signature giant helium character balloons.

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