MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)–The Madison Central band is already prepping for their big moment in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and director David Jaggie said the excitement is building.
“The trip, planning the details of the trip, what we wanna go see, what show we’re going to, all that stuff is front end stuff,” said Jaggie.
In all, they’ll be taking about 280 kids to New York City, not counting chaperones. To their knowledge, their band is the biggest in the history of Kentucky high schools. Of course, that size means big bucks for the four-day trip come November.
“Imagine taking an entire elementary school worth of students with instruments, with uniforms, with flags performing in one cohesive routine. It’s a major undertaking,” said Jaggie.
So in addition to rehearsing and planning, they are fundraising in any way they can. The total price tag for the trip is about $400,000. They’re hoping the community will chip in to help them reach the $200,000 mark.
They say they’re already a fourth of the way there.
“A 150-thousand dollar price tag for, you know, a one minute snapshot of our community, on a national stage that’ll be viewed by 15-million, it’s pretty reasonable when you think about it like that,” Jaggie said.
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