Corey Matchael is excited about the opportunity to represent not only Blue Springs High School, but the entire Blue Springs community at the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Corey Matchael is excited about the opportunity to represent not only Blue Springs High School, but the entire Blue Springs community at the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


“It is a honor to be marching in such a prestigious parade,” said the junior trumpet player in the Golden Regiment Marching Band. “It was overwhelming to think about it at first because it is such a big parade, but I think we are coming together well as a group and will be confident as we march down the street.”


This is the second time in the last six years that the Golden Regiment has been invited to attend the iconic parade in New York City. The last time was in 2005.


The parade was originated in 1924 by Macy’s employees. Each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade chooses only six high school marching bands to perform. There will also be five collegiate marching bands as well as Macy’s own band performing. A five-year waiting period is in place before a band can apply again for parade entry. Tim Allshouse, Blue Springs director of bands, said he is still in shock that the Golden Regiment was invited back so quickly.


“It is really a surreal experience because none of us were expecting to be accepted,” he said. “We submitted our application so that they wouldn’t forget about us. I think time stood still for a little while until the news hit me that they actually invited us back to perform again.”


The Golden Regiment left Sunday for New York City. It took six flights to transport 220 students plus family members and staff to the Big Apple. During the week there, band members will visit the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero, ice skate in Central Park, visit Little Italy and see “Wicked” on Broadway as well as the Radio City Rockettes.


Allshouse said during the 3-mile parade, the Golden Regiment will be playing Christmas music. When the band steps into the NBC broadcast area directly in front of Macy’s famous New York store, the group will perform a shorter version of this year’s field show, “Morocco.”


“In some ways this is easier because we do know what to expect,” he said. “In other ways it is more challenging because we know what to expect. It has also been challenging to work with the students on essentially two separate shows – one for Macy’s and the other for our normal competition season. But they are doing a good job of keeping both straight.”


Junior Cara Hartwig is looking forward to the opportunity to perform at Macy’s.


She said five years ago when the Golden Regiment last went, her sister was a senior and she went along as a spectator. Now, Hartwig said it is her turn to perform.


“We are going to have so much fun being in New York City with our friends,” she said. “It will be so cool to know that millions of people worldwide will be watching us. This will be a terrific experience.”


Freshman Josh Hobbs said the idea of performing in such a large event does not bother him. To him, he said, it is just another performance.


“It is honor to represent the school. This is a great band, and we are going to do well,” he said. “I am looking forward to spending time with my friends and entertaining everyone in the parade. We have done very well so far this year, and I believe we will continue to do well. This is a great opportunity.”