The countdown has begun for the Lakota West Marching Firebirds trip to the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The 274-member marching band has one final practice today before boarding one of six buses at 4:30 a.m. Monday to head to New York City.
“We are all abuzz, ready to go to New York,’’ said Greg Snyder, band director. “The kids are all super excited.”
The two hour practice for the show runs from 7-9 p.m. tonight in the West Chester Township school’s parking lot on Union Centre Boulevard. The community is invited to watch with the final run through beginning at 8:45 p.m.
The band will appear on NBC stations – locally on WLWT channel 5 – precisely at 10:12 a.m. when they will be performing on Herald Square.
The performance – Copland Fantasy – includes Fanfare for a Common Man, written specifically by Aaron Copland for the Cincinnati Symphony and Appalachian spring, Snyder said. As they exit Herald Square the Firebirds will launch into the school’s fight song.
During the rest of the two-mile parade the band will be performing holiday, patriotic and other songs.
The band is one of only 11 high school groups from across the country – and the only Ohio group – to get an invite from among the 150 bands that put together audition tapes as part of the application process.
Snyder said they will be the first high school – and second overall – band to perform.
Macy’s officials estimate that three million spectators will line the parade route and another 50 million will be watching on television.