Students from both Starr’s Mill High School and J.C. Booth Middle School will be performing before a national television audience during the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City Nov. 23.
Above, Starr’s Mill Panther Pride Marching Band members, from left, Camber Bransky, Zach Garcia and Kevin Allen will perform in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band Thanksgiving Day. Photo/Submitted.
Three marching band students from Starr’s Mill High will have their spotlight as they take to the streets of New York City to perform in one of the nation’s largest holiday parades.
School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said junior baritone Camber Bransky, junior tuba Zach Garcia and sophomore saxophonist Kevin Allen have been selected to perform in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band during the parade.
“They are among the top 185 musicians selected from across the nation to perform in the band,” said Berry-Dreisbach.
Starr’s Mill Panther Pride Marching Band member Camber Bransky will be performing with the band for a second consecutive year, and fellow band members Zach Garcia and Kevin Allen will have their first experience playing in the band. This is the fourth straight year that Starr’s Mill has had musicians selected to the Macy’s Great American Marching Band, Berry-Dreisbach said.
“Once again, this prestigious band will take an honor position among the gigantic helium balloons, impressive floats carrying celebrities and the nation’s top marching bands,” said Berry-Dreisbach. “Stepping-off from Central Park, the band will be cheered by the 3 million spectators lining the parade route. Arriving at Macy’s Herald Square, the band will perform for celebrity hosts, a grandstand audience and more than 50 million TV viewers watching the broadcast live on NBC.”
At the same time, a Peachtree City girl will sing in Macy’s Parade.
Isabella Hickey, 11, Peachtree City, is scheduled to be one of Camp Broadway’s singing children at this year’s parade. The theatre arts enrichment company will perform Irving Berlin’s “This Is A Great Country” featuring an ensemble cast of children, ranging in age from 9-16, who represent immediate family members of active duty military personnel, veterans, reservists, wounded warriors and fallen heroes from all the branches of United States Armed Forces. Her mother, Mei-Ling Hickey, said that Isabella is a sixth-grader at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City.