Saugertiesian Katharine Greco will participate in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow as a member of the University of Massachusetts marching band.
While the group has marched in three presidential inaugural parades, this year marks their first appearance in the famous holiday parade in New York City, broadcast worldwide. Greco is a 2012 graduate of Saugerties High School and currently a sophomore at UMass, majoring in chemical engineering. She plays trumpet in the UMass marching band. With nearly 400 members, the band is one of the largest collegiate marching bands in the nation and winner of the Sudler Trophy, the highest honor a marching band can receive. Band members hail from 18 states and three countries. Greco will be part of a pep band that will perform from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the evening before the parade at the Dubliner, located at 45 Stone Street in New York City.
The day of the parade, the band will rise at 2:30 a.m. and assemble and rehearse at 4 a.m. for NBC television in front of the Macy’s store. The band’s repertoire on Thanksgiving Day will include the school’s fight song, Roll Down the Field, God Bless America and Sweet Caroline. When the band reaches the Macy’s “star” in front of the store at 11:24 a.m., they will perform a school favorite, Big Noise from Winnetka.