Million Dollar Band heading to New York for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Million Dollar Band

The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band has an important mission in New York City this week: Heralding Santa’s arrival at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Million Dollar Band member and UA senior Cassidy Burrell said she’s ready for the performance of a lifetime.

“It’s a surreal moment, being able to actually go and participate in the parade I’ve grown up watching,” Burrell said.

Crimsonette and Tuscaloosa native Colby Free said the momentous occasion has been a long time coming.

“We heard about it back in 2019,” Free said. “And then of course last year we didn’t get to do much. We’re really excited.”

The Million Dollar Band was among those chosen to perform in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but that event wound up postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UA Band Director Ken Ozzello said they’ve been diligent in making preparations for this year’s parade.

“You have to prepare for the actual parade part through the city, but then you also have to prepare for the broadcast of it, which is what people see on TV,” Ozzello said. “It’s two different performances, and different music.”

Ozello, who’s been at the university for more than two decades, said this is the first time the Million Dollar Band has performed in the parade, so he’s elated for the opportunity and thankful for everyone who helped make it possible.

“We appreciate everybody’s support,” Ozello said. “It took a lot of people’s support financially and behind the project to get it to happen, so thank you for all of our supporters.”

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