“It’s one of the great honors for a high school band to be selected to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and we’re on our way!” said Brian Froedge, North Hardin High School Band Director.
Froedge and the band will appear in a ‘Send-Off’ concert Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. at NHHS located at 801 South Logsdon Parkway in Radcliff. “We’ll actually leave for New York early that Monday morning; however, the concert gives us a chance to perform for our hometown audience and to say ‘thank you’ to all the individuals, companies and organizations that have helped us along the way,” Froedge added.
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union was among the first to support NHHS band’s fundraising efforts with a keystone contribution of $10,000 in November 2014 to defray the band’s travel expenses to New York. Fort Knox Federal also participated in other fund raising activities starting with a gala kick off dinner on November 8, 2014 at the school.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the most popular holiday parade in America since its founding in 1924. Annually attracting more than 3.5 million people along its parade route through the streets of New York City and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide, the Macy’s Parade has become as synonymous with the Thanksgiving holiday tradition as the family turkey dinner.
The Macy’s Day Parade is a huge collection of performers, floats, and of course, the famous big balloons that are the signature of this event. Each year ten of America’s best bands from all across the country are selected to bring their own unique styles and brand of music to share with spectators along the parade route.
“To be in the Macy’s Parade is exciting and a tribute to all the hard work and practice our band members have invested. We are extremely proud of this group of students and proud to present our home community,” Froedge said.
“When we first heard that North Hardin High’s band had been invited to march in the Macy’s Parade, we immediately wanted to help these deserving students realize their once in a lifetime opportunity. Along with being the keystone corporate contributor, Fort Knox Federal staff members have worked alongside school officials and band boosters to raise the money for this trip,” said Ray Springsteen, President and CEO of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union.
The NHHS band will depart for New York on Monday, November 23. On Thanksgiving Day, the 200 band members and directors will join more than 8,000 participants in the 2015 Macy’ Parade.
So look for the North Hardin High School Marching Band on NBC’s television coverage of the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 26, from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “TODAY” will anchor the broadcast.
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union is a private, not-for-profit financial services cooperative and is insured by NCUA for individual deposits up to $250,000 per account. Fort Knox Federal has approximately $1.2 billion in assets currently and serves more than 88,000 members from 16 branches throughout central Kentucky. Fort Knox Federal has been awarded the BAUER FINANCIAL 5-star SUPERIOR rating for 23 consecutive years.