MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Madison Central High School Band students have been preparing to perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for over a year. While they practice, the school is looking for help from the community to get them to New York City.
Band Director David Jaggie says that next week, the school's Band Camp will start so they can all start practicing for the parade. The band feels honored to be invited.
"First time in school history. One of the very few Kentucky high schools that have ever been invited," said Jaggie.
"I don't think I've ever been more excited for a marching show ever," said Madison Central incoming junior James Beckner.
Beckner has been playing in the school's band since his freshman year, and he is so excited to join his peers on this journey. Two hundred eighty students are going. They'll practice over the next few months while the school finalizes trip details, which includes the $200,000 fundraising campaign Miles to Macy's.
"What we're doing is selling miles from Richmond to New York City at 100 dollars a mile. If we sell all 708 miles, which will get us to 70 thousand dollars, that will put us where we need to be," said Jaggie.
You can learn more about the fundraising campaign here. If you would like to donate money, you can call the school and ask to speak to David Jaggie.