Dukes Marching Band Prepares for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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HARRISONBURG, Va. The floats are already in New York City, but part of the parade just arrived from the Shenandoah Valley.

The James Madison University Marching Band just arrived in New York City late last night.

Scott Rikkers, the Director of the Marching Band, said about 500 students boarded more than ten different buses to make their way up for the parade.

They started applying for this opportunity, several years ago. Not only is the entire marching band going, but several guests who have contributed to the success of the program have also been invited. President Alger, along with other college deans, will be attending.

"Harrisonburg is a beautiful place, but a bit secluded so not many people know about James Madison University. So, we are more than happy to take this opportunity to bring the Madison name to the public on a pretty big scale," said Rikkers.

Taylor Cardwell, a student in the marching band, said "this is not something we get to do every year. We are just really excited to get to go to New York City and show off to everyone all the great things we are doing at James Madison University."

The Dukes Marching Band will be performing several times. They will be the first band in the parade at 9 a.m. and will also be performing "My Favorite Things" at 10 a.m.

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