Samantha Muckleroy, a student at Jourdanton High School, has been selected to participate in the 2014 Macy’s Great American Marching Band as one of the select number of students from Texas. The band is celebrating the 88th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will take an honor position in the parade on Nov. 27.
Muckleroy said, “I’m excited to be able to represent my small Texas town on a national scale. Watching the parade is a tradition in my family, so it’s a dream to actually be a part of it!”
Samantha is a senior at JHS and the daughter of James and Leslie Muckleroy. She has one sibling, her twin, Marissa Muckleroy.
She has been in band since the sixth grade. Along with being editor of the yearbook staff, she is active in FFA and is a chapter officer. She is on Varsity Winterguard and is active in the Jourdanton United Methodist Church youth group. She will be attending Texas State University next year, and will march in the Bobcat Band.
Students were selected based on their musical ability and past achievements. The opportunity was open to students from over 14,000 high schools across the United States.
Stepping-off from Central Park, the band will be cheered by 3.5 million live spectators, before arriving at Macy’s flagship store for their national performance for more than 50 million TV viewers watching thebroadcast live on NBC.
The students will have the chance to participate in this prestigious band with over 200 students from across the country. The musicians, under the direction of Drs. Richard Good and Douglas Rosener, Auburn University and Barry Houser, University of Illinois, will be complemented by approximately 40 flags and dancers choreographed by Vicki Pfeiffer of Cheerleaders of America and WGI Sport of the Arts Marketing Manager Bart Woodley.
In addition to marching in the parade, all selected participants’ package plans will include a guest leadership seminar, meals, lodging and New York City sightseeing (WTC Tribute Center, Top of the Rock, Thanksgiving dinner and dance and Broadway show).
The Band Hall, TN, is supplying the band’s custom uniforms.