Seminole High School marching band invited to 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Somehow, Seminole High School marching band director Dan Wood managed to keep it a secret for an entire week that the Warhawk Marching Band is one of 10 high school bands in the country invited to perform in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Wood found out about the invitation last Tuesday but kept it to himself until tonight, when incoming and returning band students and their parents met for the first time in the school auditorium.
The 2010 trip will be the first time a Pinellas County high school band has participated in the Macy’s parade.
“I’ve been applying for a lot of years,” Wood said Tuesday afternoon before the announcement. “I’ve been humbled by the rejection letters.”
Wood nearly didn’t apply this year because the Greater St. Petersburg Area Awesome Original Second Time Arounders were selected to march in the 2008 parade. He didn’t think Macy’s would pick another Pinellas County band for 2010.
“I was going to wait, then I thought we’d go for it and see what happens,” he said.
Wood hopes to take as many current freshmen and sophomore band students on the trip as possible, as well as incoming freshman for next year and the incoming freshmen he expects in 2010. The trip probably will cost in the neighborhood of $350,000, which he said will require a lot of fundraising over the next 18 months.
The news comes at a good time, Wood said. The school is still reeling from the deaths of three Seminole High students who were involved in a car accident April 10.
“The school and the community went through a huge ordeal,” Wood said. “I felt when I got this news last Tuesday that it would put some smiles on some faces and bring a little sunshine where we’ve needed it.”
This will be the second big trip for Seminole band students. In 2005, a contingent of 172 went to the Tournament of Roses parade.
Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter