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Lakota West Band Prepares for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- If you take all the football games and competitions in Lakota West's history and put them all together, they still wouldn't add up to as many people as will see the marching band Thursday morning.
Whether they're on horns or the drums, members of the Lakota West Marching Band have been practicing their hearts out.
They're getting ready for their very big, Big Apple debut in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For Sophomore Nick Harvey it doesn't get much better than this.
"It's very exciting but you just have to treat it like any other performance because if you don't, it's going to get in your head."
It's a senior year highlight for Kelsey Cassidy, the co-captain of the color guard.
"It's kind of surreal, I don't know if it's fully hit me yet. My family has watched it every year so Ive never missed a parade and I can't imagine being on the star where all the Broadway performers are."
The Lakota West Band has 274 students in it making in the largest playing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is kind of like going to the world series for them.
Band Director Greg Snyder has put his pupils through the paces. He's marched with them around Lakota West High School more times than he can count to get them ready for the two and a half mile parade route.
"It was sort of on my bucket list things that I thought, boy, wouldn't it be great someday to do the Macy's Parade."
Hours and hours of practice have gone into perfecting a 75 second performance with near military precision. But the work is a lot of fun and it will be worth it when they get to play for more than 50 million people Thanksgiving morning.
Kelsey Cassidy said, "I'm really grateful for this opportunity, it couldn't have come at a more perfect time with senior year and everything."