Friday, October 31, 2014

Starr’s Mill student picked for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade



The famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade may be in New York City, but you you just might see a local face on the television. Starr's Mill High School sophomore Brian McKillip has been selected as a member of the 2013 Macy's Great American Marching Band.
McKillip, a trombone player in the Starr's Mill Marching Band, is one of 245 high school musicians from each state who will march in the 87th anniversary of the parade on November 28. The will start at Central Park and march in front of 2.5 million live spectators before performing at Macy's Herald Square for 50 million TV viewers.
"I was just ecstatic about it when I heard I was selected," said McKillip. "I dropped to my knees and started yelling. I wasn't expecting it at all."
McKillip sent in a recording of himself playing and was judged against countless other applicants. Several weeks later he got the good news. He will travel to New York the Saturday before Thanksgiving to being preparations.
"I've been teaching 25 years and I've not had anybody do something likes this so before. It's awesome," said Brian's band instructor, Scott King. "Brian's so dedicated to band and to marching and playing. He sets a great example for everyone else."


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