April 12, 2021
On Saturday, April 10, members of Marching Mizzou were surprised by representatives from Macy’s with an invitation to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The University of Missouri’s marching band was selected from more than 100 applicants as one of nine marching bands to march in the 96th edition of the annual holiday parade. It will be the marching band’s first appearance in the parade.
“This is such an exciting opportunity for our students to represent the university and the state of Missouri on the world stage at an event witnessed by millions of people every year,” said Amy Knopps, director of Marching Mizzou and associate director of bands at the MU School of Music. “We appreciate the Macy’s Parade Band Committee selecting us for such a prestigious honor.”
The announcement was made during the marching band’s end of the year virtual banquet. Now, the more than 300 members of the band, drumline, feature twirlers, color guard and Golden Girls will spend the next 18 months planning for their parade appearance.
“I am delighted to offer a hearty congratulations to Marching Mizzou for earning this remarkable opportunity,” said Pat Okker, Dean of the MU College of Arts and Science. “We get the privilege of regularly seeing Marching Mizzou’s performances. Now the rest of the country will get to see first-hand what makes Marching Mizzou spectacular.”