HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – The Hampton University’s Marching Band got a big surprise Monday. They found out they’ve been selected to perform in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The parade staff worked secretly with school officials, including band director Thomas Jones, to surprise band members.
The Hampton University Marching Force was among more than 100 applicants and one of only nine bands selected to perform. This will be their first appearance in the parade.
According to the school, this is only the 5th historically black college and university (HBCU) band to be selected in the parade’s 94-year history.
“Rooted in tradition and with explosive energy, the Hampton University Marching Force delivers outstanding, entertaining shows that time and time again bring the crowd to their feet,” said Wesley Whatley, creative producer Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “We look forward to introducing the talented students of Hampton University to our Parade audience for the band’s debut in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”
The Hampton University band will spend the next 18 months preparing for this unforgettable experience — with lots of practicing and fundraising.
This is latest accolade for The Marching Force. The drumline recently participated in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. They are also the first HBCU band invited to perform in the 2020 Rome New Year’s Day Parade.