Although it is on the wish list of every band director, Mark McGahey avoided it for years. Until, after 22 years as a band director at Keller High School, he finally submitted a request to play at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Of the hundreds of bands that are applied, rarely is one chosen on the first try.
"I think we knew it was a possibility, but not a strong possibility," McGahey said.
So, shortly after signing up, Mark got the band together to give them the bad news: they would not be home for Thanksgiving this year.
That announcement was more than a year ago and they will march through 6th Avenue on Thursday.
"It feels like it was announced yesterday," said William Allison, senior baritone player.
"Just to know what we've been doing, all the work we've been doing outside of school and at school, the practice is recognizing us for that," said French horn player Allie Smith.
Just do not expect a glimpse of the performance. The show on Thursday is so secret that we were allowed to film it and practice it. We could only see the band walk their marches.
But if it looks something like its performance two weeks ago, the United States is ready for a gift.
At the UIL State Championships, Keller's Indian band marched to an eighth place.
But on Thursday they will step on an even bigger stage.
Millions will be watching, and hopefully listening, the sweet sound of success.
"I want you to see a group of students who have worked very hard to be in the place they are," Smith said.
"And I think it's going to be something that people realize, wow, they're really united and I think that's a group that I need to pay attention to now." And it's good to be on a national stage to be able to do that, "McGahey added.
Clearly, something to be grateful for.
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