Marching Proud

Marching Proud
Posted on 01/22/2020
Golden Regiment marches at the Macy's Day Parade

It’s one thing to be able to throw confetti at your bandmates in sheer joy finding out you are going to march at the historic Macy’s Day Parade in New York City – it’s a whole other level to be there putting a foot on the pavement and playing to a crowd of millions. The Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment experienced both, culminating in a memorable performance in New York this Thanksgiving Day.

It marks the fourth trip to the Macy’s Day Parade for the GR, dating back to 1980, and this year’s group of 210 students was one of only six high school bands marching in the parade. The GR marched in a spot right in front of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and performed a street show. The Macy’s Day Parade is watched by an estimated crowd of 3.5 million people each year, and an additional 50 million watch on television or online. 

 “It’s a worldwide celebration and for our kids to experience that is incredible,”  director Dr. Tim Allshouse said. “Just being a part of something our students have watched on tv since they were little, and now they are that person performing live at the parade.”

The band performed the “Land of Make Believe,” part of its 2019 field show. While in New York City, the band members also toured several spots and attended “Wicked” on Broadway along with the Rockettes’ Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall.

 Senior Quin Evans said the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is something I’ll never forget,” she said. “It was such a cool experience to see millions of people lined up and cheering for you even if they had never heard of Blue Springs High School in their life. It was an experience that I will be forever thankful for and will never get again.”