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Greendale Marching Band to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Greendale Marching Band to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Today, the Greendale High School Marching Band was selected to perform in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, representing the state of Wisconsin. This will mark the first Parade appearance by the band. Greendale will join the Parade to the tune of Let’s Have a Parade, the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924.

Each year, the Macy’s Parade Band Committee looks for bands that have the stage presence, musical and marching abilities to captivate more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers. The Greendale High School Marching Band was selected from 175 applicants, as one of 10 bands to march in the 2016 edition of the annual holiday spectacle. The band will join the revelry along with other iconic Macy’s staples: floats, giant character balloons, clowns and superstar performers galore on Thanksgiving Day 2016, helping to create an unforgettable experience for millions.

“On behalf of the Band Selection Committee, Macy’s is thrilled to welcome the Greendale High School Marching Band to the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for their inaugural performance! The band’s creative and theatrical style is sure to set them apart as they march and perform for millions of spectators across the nation,” said Wesley Whatley, creative director, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tom Reifenberg, director of bands at Greendale High School said, “Being selected for the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is truly a dream come true. The Greendale High School Marching Band is honored to represent the high school, the school district, the Village of Greendale, and the State of Wisconsin in front of millions of spectators, both along the parade route in New York City and those watching at home.”

The Greendale High School Marching Band will spend the next 18 months planning for their Parade appearance. Rehearsals and creative fundraising events not only bring the school and the community closer, but prepare the students for the march of a lifetime.

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Bill Attewell

Bill Attewell is the editor and publisher of Everything Greendale. He has over 20 years experience as an award-winning newspaper editor, writer and publisher. His work has been read in in over 50 publications across the U.S. and abroad. Bill is a long-time resident of Greendale and a Greendale High School alum. Go Panthers!


  1. WI Mother

    Congrats to Greendale High Marching Band.. A well deserved honor. Got it known to our East Coast relatives on who to watch for!!! Go GHS!!

  2. Richard

    Cudos to the GHS Band. We are glad things are strong at GHS – management and employees at the high school stand apart the foolishness in the school system.

  3. Kim Kowalczyk

    Congratulations to our High School Marching Band. I have always thought our band is the BEST. You should all be very proud of yourselves…Keep up the fantastic work and my son Zander and myself look forward to watching all of you Thanksgiving 2016…I’m sure your parents are all very proud. Again Congats…Panther Pride All the Way!!!

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