South Portland students make Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade band

9:45 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  Two high school musicians have been chosen to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Unbeknownst to the other until after they were chosen... both come from South Portland High School's Marching Band.

"I didn't even know he applied," says Elizabeth Small, a senior performing in the school's color guard. "I posted it on Facebook and we both were like, wait, you did it too?"

Calvin Stanly plays the tuba and says, "I was like oh, that's really cool because not only another person from Maine but she goes to my high school, too."

Small was chosen for a 40-member dance troupe. Stanly will be playing the sousaphone. "Sousaphones are what most people think are marching tubas which are the ones that wrap around you," he laughs.

"This year I really wanted to focus on doing something for myself and doing something great," says Small. "I feel like I've really done that because this is huge."

The 87th annual parade will attract an estimated 3.5 million people on the streets and more than 50 million viewers on television.

"I think the part that makes me the happiest," says Stanly, "was just getting the letter."

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade marches from Central Park to Herald Square with an estimated 8,000 participants in all.

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