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UVA Marching Band to Perform in 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The University of Virginia marching band got a big surprise Wednesday afternoon. The group will be one of just 10 bands marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade even though there were hundreds of applicants nationwide vying for one of those spots.

This will be the band's first-ever appearance in the annual holiday event.

"I've never been a part of anything even close to this it's so amazing that we can go from performing to just maybe 1,000 people to 50 million. It's just incredible and I'm so excited for this opportunity,” said first-year student and band member Tanul Gupta.

Parade officials have been working closely with the university to keep this announcement under wraps until Wednesday.

University of Virginia Press Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., April 23, 2014  Today, the University of Virginia Cavalier Marching Band received the news that it has been selected to perform in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Cavaliers will join the line of march and begin its performance to the sound of 'Let's Have a Parade,' the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924.

The band will join nine other marching bands from across the country as well as iconic Macy's staples: floats, giant character balloons, clowns and superstar performers galore on Thanksgiving Day 2015. The parade attracts more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million viewers.

"With just a decade of experience, the Cavalier Marching Band has garnered a national reputation due to their excellent marching and performance skill," said Wesley Whatley, creative director of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "Macy's Band Committee is proud to have such a fine institution representing the state of Virginia in the 2015 parade."

William Pease, UVA's director of bands, said, "We are thrilled to be selected for the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This will be a highlight for all of us participating in the parade. Our current and former members worked very hard to raise the level of our band to receive national recognition. Thanks to everyone for your support. Go Hoos!"

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan said, "All of us in the UVA community are proud of the Cavalier Marching Band and Director William Pease. Here in Charlottesville we have the good fortune to watch our excellent marching band perform frequently and next Thanksgiving Day, millions of Macy's Parade-goers and television viewers will join us in applauding the band."

For more than eight decades, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has given thanks to what Macy's values most  its loyal fans. More than 5,000 Macy's employees and dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to create a spectacular event that entertains the cheerful crowds and provides joy to millions at home watching on Thanksgiving Day. Marching down a more than two-mile long route in New York City, the spectacle is alive with gleaming color, music and smiles.

The University of Virginia Marching Band was selected to be one of 10 marching ensembles to perform on Nov. 26, 2015,beating out more than 175 applicants nationwide. Each year, the Macy's Parade Band Committee looks for bands that have the stage presence to captivate a national audience as well as having the musical and marching abilities to showcase on a national scale.

The band will spend the next 18 months planning for its big debut. 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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