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Stevenson Marching Band selected for America’s Thanksgiving Parade
Stevenson Marching Band selected for America’s Thanksgiving Parade
Posted on 10/20/2021
Thanksgiving Parade Stevenson High School band is going all out to show how thankful they are this year to be back performing in front of audiences.

The Stevenson Titan Band is among a handful of Michigan high school bands to be selected to perform before a national audience in America’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Detroit. 

Mike Sekich, Stevenson’s band director, said the 145-member band’s selection sends a message about how the award-winning musicians have rebounded this school year.

“Our first song this season was ‘I’m Still Standing,’ which is really reflective on how we are still going strong and building our program,” he said.  “Our parents and students are so excited about this opportunity.”

To qualify for the November, 2021 event, the band had to complete an application and period a clip of their performances. 

Senior Preston Brockett, a drum major in the marching band, said he is excited about the opportunity as his family has made a visit to the parade an annual holiday event. 

“Being able to perform at one of my childhood memories is such a cool thing,” he said.
He said the performance reflects the band’s hard work and resiliency during COVID-19.

“It shows how we can bounce back,” he said. “Not every band that applied received this opportunity, so it really shows just how hard we have worked.”

The band will begin gathering downtown at around 6:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, Sekich said. Band members will bring blankets that are eventually folded and left for pickup by the Salvation Army.