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November 17, 2011

Students March in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Click HERE to see the earth cam video of the band in the parade.

As you anticipate the bountiful feast planned for later in the day, don‘t forget to tune in to KJRH Channel 2 at 10 a.m. to watch two Jenks students march in the 85th annual Macy‘s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Seniors Kayleen Merritt (Bb clarinet) and Curtis Simmons (French horn) will kick off the parade (with 262 other students from across the country) in Macy‘s Great American Marching Band.

The two Jenks musicians were invited to march in the band by the Bands of America as an honor for making All-State last year. They will join Mary J. Blige, Cobra Starship, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne, Scotty McCreery, The Muppets and some 10,000 other participants, to formally usher in the holiday season.

They received their music about a month ago, said Merritt. It‘s not hard music. Just parade tunes—stuff like we‘ll do in our own Christmas parade here in Jenks.

Simmons and Merritt will arrive in New York City on Saturday and begin practicing with their peers soon after. A little sightseeing will include the 911 Memorial, Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, and the Broadway production of Sister Act.
They will be required to stay with their peers throughout the week running up to the parade—appearing dressed and ready to board buses for the parade route at 2:30 Thanksgiving morning.

Merritt is the daughter of Dan and Teresa Merritt. She plans to attend either the University of Oklahoma or the University of Arkansas as a nursing major/music minor.
Simmons is the son of Lai Ann Simmons and also, plans to attend OU or Arkansas. He hopes to study as a music major/pre-med minor.

Students and their families were required to pay travel and accommodation costs associated with participation.