New Prairie senior selected to march in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Information from New Prairie School Corp.


A New Prairie High School senior will represent her school and community by performing in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band on Thanksgiving Day in New York City. Haley DeMartinis is among young people chosen to play in the very select ensemble made up of students from across the nation.

Students are selected based on their musical ability and prior achievements. The band will be cheered on and viewed by an estimated 3 million spectators along the parade route before arriving at Macy’s Herald Square for their national performance for more than 50 million TV viewers. The parade will be broadcast live on NBC Thursday starting at 8 a.m. Central time.

The Macy’s band is made up of over 250 students representing all 50 states. The students will also have the opportunity to attend an educational workshop, where they will focus on leadership and reaching their maximum potential. They’ll sightsee and explore New York City as well.

Haley has been a drum major for the New Prairie Marching Cougars the past two seasons. She has represented the New Prairie High School Bands program in many extracurricular ensembles and music clinics, including at the Smith-Walbridge Drum Major Camp and the Indiana State University Honor Band Festival. Haley participates in all of the ensembles offered at the high school level, including concert band, marching band, pep band, pit orchestra, indoor percussion, Jazz Band 1, Solo & Ensemble, and both show choir back-up bands.  

A New Prairie School Corp. press release stated: “It is an outstanding honor for a student to been selected to participate in such a prestigious and selective performing ensemble. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Haley!”

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