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SFA marching band selected to perform in 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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In 18 months the streets of New York will bleed purple as the SFA Lumberjack Marching Band performs in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It will be the first time in SFA history for the band to perform in the famous parade.

"It's a huge spotlight to put this university," said Wesley Whatley, Creative Director, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Tuesday afternoon members of the band were surprised by the creative director of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade Wesley Whatley.

Whatley says the Macy's band selection committee reviewed 175 applications and videos and 10 bands were selected, of those 10 only four were from universities

"We'll have three million spectators for the band to perform for live on the streets of New York and over 50 million people on television," said Whatley.

Band Director David Campo said they submitted their application last October and says he's excited to represent the university on a national scale.

 "It really makes us visible to the world in a way we haven't had the opportunity before," said Campo.

And for members of the marching band the opportunity is a dream come true.

 "I've always wanted to march in the parade since I was in high school now that actually get to do it I'm overwhelmed," said Ashlee Darden.

Head twirler Alexia Guilbeau says the band practices four days a week and performs on weekends and says the opportunity is a product of their hard work.

 "We have goals to meet and we meet them and we're really dedicated to what we do," said Guilbeau.

SFA officials believe their Thanksgiving Day debut will showcase the programs legacy and represent all the students who once held a place in the Lumberjack Marching Band.

 "SFA is a special place and this band is a special band," said Guilbeau.

Macy's officials say they announce the performing bands 18 months ahead of time to give each school plenty of time to recruit and fundraise for their trips.

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