Colchester High School Junior Selected To March in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Flutist is one of nearly 250 high school musicians selected from across the nation
Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a tradition for many. But one Vermonter will have a very different experience this Thanksgiving—marching and playing in the parade. Colchester High School junior Beth Moore was chosen as the sole Vermont representative to participate in the 2014 Macy’s Great American Marching Band in New York City on Thanksgiving Day. Beth was among a select group of high school students who were chosen for this distinguished band that honors the finest high school musicians from across the nation.
“It is such a thrill to be a part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade,” says Beth. “Being in the Great American Marching Band is everything I have dreamed of…representing Vermont promises to be the coolest thing I have ever done.”
To be considered, Beth completed an application and sent in an audition tape of her playing Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando on her flute. Students are selected based on their technical proficiency, tone quality and overall musicianship as well as their past musical achievements. The opportunity is open to students from more 14,000 high schools across the United States.
Beth has a long list of musical achievements to her credit. In addition to being a member of the CHS jazz and concert bands, Beth has been involved with the Vermont Youth Orchestra since sixth grade. She has been a mentor for the Vermont Youth Chamber Winds and plays flute at her Church and in the Colchester Community Band. Beth began playing violin when she was four years old and has been playing the flute since fifth grade. She has been selected to participate in the District Music Festival every year since eighth grade. During her freshman year, Beth participated in orchestra for both violin and flute, but in her sophomore year of high school she chose to focus solely on flute due to a demanding practice schedule. She practices from one to three hours a day (outside of her ensemble playing).
“I am so proud of Beth and her many musical achievements inside and outside the Colchester School District,” said CHS Director of Bands Evan Peltier. “She is such a dedicated musician and great role model for the other band students…it is indeed an honor to have her representing Vermont in this Thanksgiving tradition.”
Since 2006 when the Macy’s Great American Marching Band (MGAMB) was formed, more than 2000 students from across the United States have had the opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the MGAMB.
Stepping-off from Central Park, the Band will be cheered by an expected 3 million live spectators, before arriving at Macy’s Herald Square for their national performance for more than 50 million TV viewers who will watch the broadcast live on NBC.
This prestigious band with more than 245 members, representing every state is complemented by approximately 40 flags and dancers, and is under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, Auburn University, and assisted by Barry Houser, University of Illinois.
In addition to a busy practice schedule in the days leading up to their Thanksgiving Day performance, the students will have the opportunity to attend a leadership/educational workshop and take in a few of the NYC sights. This year marks the 88th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Turn on to NBC at 9am next Thursday and help Beth celebrate this important honor!