Two local marching bands to play in Philly Thanksgiving Day parade

Fishers HS Marching Band

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — Tuesday night two local high school marching bands hit the road for Philadelphia.

They’re making the ten hour drive to play in a Thanksgiving Day parade.

The bands are from Fishers High School and Brownsburg High School.

“I’m excited, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Fishers Director of Bands Charles Kunz said.

Fishers students earned a spot in the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country, in the City of Brotherly Love.

“It’s going to feel great marching next to all my friends and being part of such a long lifetime tradition of the parade,” Sophomore Nick Mark said.

“I always think it’s fun as a teacher to get kids out of their local element and to see a city like Philadelphia,” Kunz said.

The students even chose a Philadelphia-themed song to perform, called “Philadelphia Fantasy.”

Senior Mara Gordon wanted to break out of the Christmas standards, picking a city-themed pop song for their big moment.

“We’re celebrating Philadelphia,” Gordon said, “We’re really happy to be there so we want to play their little anthem for themselves.”

The nearly 200 students and 100 parents and teachers will also visit New York City on their trip, but the main event they said will be performing on the streets of Philly.

“This is our last time before all the seniors graduate, so it’s a really good way to end it,” Gordon said.

“I never thought we’d get this opportunity, it’s amazing,” Mark said.

Fishers and Brownsburg aren’t the only Indiana bands that will be represented in Philadelphia. The Pendleton Heights High School marching band and LaPorte High School marching band will also be performing.

If you’d like to watch them Thanksgiving morning, the event will be live streamed online here.

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