The 275 members of the Rosemount High School marching band are on their way to begin the week-long trip to New York City, where they will be performing in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23. They are one of only 10 bands invited to perform in this year’s parade and the first from Minnesota in nearly 30 years.
It has been an extremely busy last year for the band members and their supporters, who fund-raised the money needed to make the historic trip. After a summer filled with practice and performances, the band entered the fall competition season, which they capped off with a first-place finish at the Minnesota Youth in Music Marching Band Championships Oct. 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The following week they traveled to Indianapolis, where they finished second among Class 3A schools and ninth overall out of 68 top bands from 17 states that participated in the Bands of America Super Regional Championship.
On Monday, Nov. 20, all 275 band members, their uniforms, instruments and approximately 350 parents, staff and supporters boarded two chartered flights bound for New York City.
The band will be playing “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” several times each during their march down the two and one-half mile parade route, which will be lined with more than three million people. Another 50 million people are estimated to watch at least part of the parade on television.
During their appearance on the NBC telecast, they will play an original piece written by the Rosemount band directors titled, “Pride in the Past, Promise in the Future.” Director Bojan Hoover describes it as a patriotic melody that focuses on New York City’s iconic monument, the Statue of Liberty, and plays off the school’s motto of “Pride in the Past, Performance in the Present, Promise in the Future.”
“The first settlers to Rosemount came here by way of New York City, so we find it fitting that the band gets to return to New York during our school’s 100th anniversary,” Hoover said.
Following the parade, the entire Rosemount High contingent of more than 600 people will sit down for a catered Thanksgiving dinner together at their hotel before flying back the next day.
This will be the second of the big-two U.S. parades for the Rosemount marching band in less than four years. In January 2014, they performed in the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.