Waterloo High School marching band member Kimberly Fish will be getting very familiar with New York City this November.
A flute and piccolo player in the band, the junior will travel with the middle and high school band to the Big Apple for the annual Veterans Day parade down Fifth Avenue Nov. 11. Less than three weeks later, she will return to march and play in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, joining 185 other high school band members from all over the country chosen after an audition process.
“Mr. Hacker, our band director, suggested last year that I consider trying to compete for the high school band for the Macy’s parade. I didn’t do it then, but I decided to try this year,” Fish said. “I did it not think I’d get accepted. I sent in the video they asked for and spent several hours with the middle school band under Ms. Becker (Middle School band director Vivian Becker) doing videoed marching drills. I also had to do a solo performance video to post on YouTube.”