INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana high school marching band will be in the national spotlight when they take part in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Marching Minutemen of Concord High School in Elkhart were selected to take part in next year's parade, the band's seventh appearance in the famed parade and their first since 2007.
Concord's director of music, Scott Spradling, told WIBC he filed the application late last year, shortly after the band got a resume-enhancing win at the Indiana State School Music Association marching band competition in Indianapolis.
Spradling and Macy's officials surprised band members with an impromptu announcement during a rehearsal in May.
"I've always thought it would be really cool just to go up and watch the Macy's Parade, so to actually be in it, it's really awesome, and I'm really excited," said Megan Wietstock, a sophomore flute player.
Spradling said he will soon start formulating the brief show the band will perform when they stop in front of the New York Macy's for their televised parade performance, in addition to the songs they will play while marching the more than 2.5 mile parade route.