Union High School marching band to play in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

TULSA, Okla. — Officials surprised the Union High School marching band with a unique opportunity Thursday.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade officials selected the Renegade Regiment Marching Band from Union Public Schools to play to the 2020 parade in New York City. The surprise announcement was made Thursday morning at Union High School.

Posted by Union Bands on Thursday, April 11, 2019

"Union High School Marching Band is truly the total package," said Wesley Whatley, creative producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "They continuously and flawlessly combine boundless artistry and creativity with precision and passion on the field each fall. Macy's Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome back the accomplished Renegade Regiment to the 2020 Macy's Parade!"

The band was selected out of hundreds of nationwide applicants to be one of nine selected marching bands in the 94th edition of the annual holiday tradition. Only six of those select bands are high schools.

The band director says he hopes to send 300 kids to perform. The band will spend the next 18 months practicing, fundraising, and rallying for community support.

Union's band performed in the same parade in 2013.

FOX23's Preston Jones was at Union High School for the surprise announcement:

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