Brookings students representing S.D. in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Courtesy photo: Dylan Herrig, Abigayle Davis and Patrick Powers.

BROOKINGS – In less than two weeks, Brookings High School band members Abigayle Davis, Dylan Herrig and Patrick Powers, members of the Brookings High School Marching Band, will participate in Macy’s Great American Marching Band and perform in front of 3.5 million spectators and 50 million television viewers watching the live Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thanksgiving morning.

The students will join with 250 other students from across the United States marching down Broadway. It is a rare opportunity for Brookings students, as no one from Brookings has been able to participate in the parade since the early 2000s, but these three students are excited for the opportunity to represent their school and their home state of South Dakota. For band students, participation in the parade is a once in a lifetime opportunity and exposes them to leadership training and national level arts instruction with Richard Good, director of bands at Auburn University, and his staff.

Fees for uniforms, lodging and other expenses for the students are in excess of $1,600 per student, not including airfare and other incidental expenses such as the transport of their instruments. Herrig, Davis and Powers have been fundraising as a trio since their acceptance and hope to meet their joint goal of $5,000.

A GoFundMe page for the trio has been set up at BobcatsOnBroadway.com. If the students are able to meet their goal, any extra funds raised will be donated directly to the Brookings Bobcat Band Booster program, which has provided them tremendous support. The students have been soliciting local businesses for support, as well as raising awareness of the Brookings High School Band Booster program, a parent organization supporting music education in the local high school.

Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated by the trio. Herrig, Davis and Powers said they wanted to express their appreciation for all the support they have received and continue to receive from the community of Brookings, the Brookings Band program, the BHS Band Boosters and their director, Ron Stary.

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