Brownsburg HS band invited to march in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Lindsay Doty

The marching band at Brownsburg High School has been selected to perform in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

A member of the Macy’s team, along with the band director made a surprise announcement this week to band students and teachers.

The crowd reacted with cheers and confetti.

The Sound of Brownsburg marching band was selected out of hundreds of applicants to be one of nine schools to perform in the 94th edition of the annual holiday tradition.

“It gives me great pride and great pleasure that I announce tonight for the first time in this school’s history, The Sound of Brownsburg will represent this school and represent the state of Indiana and perform in New York City at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Wesley Whatley, creative director of the Macy’s Day Parade, said.

“The students at Brownsburg have really ‘upped their game’ the past few years and have worked incredibly hard in all areas of band – concert, jazz, marching, etc. This parade is an unbelievable payoff for all of that hard work,” band director Chris Kaflik said.

The band will start preparing right away. The first step will be selecting a song to play on the parade route. Then, the band staff will collaborate with the fall show designers to create the Herald Square routine.