DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – The Davie High School Marching Band was chosen to represent North Carolina as performers in the 2017 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, IL.

Ten other bands from around the world are in this year’s parade lineup, in addition to many other performing groups, Grammy Award winning artists.

The “War Eagle Regiment,” as they call themselves, is made up of 125 Band Members, 15 Dancing Boots, and 5 Color Guard members.

The school’s Band Director, Andrew Jimeson said, “"The students have been working tirelessly for several weeks now to prepare for this once in a lifetime performance. I am so proud of them and what they are accomplishing. It is an honor to be the director of such wonderful, hard-working, young people. They inspire me each day."

The band members are excited for this opportunity to represent the state on a stage of this scale.

“"This has been an amazing musical journey so far. We are definitely excited to have this opportunity to share our talents with the world!", said Abi York.

Senior band member, Hannah Baysinger said, "Mr. Jimeson always tells us that we are not individuals when we perform. We are one band, one entity, and preparing for this parade has had it's challenges, but we have grown to support one another more and understand that we are all in this together."

While in Chicago, the band will see performances by the Chicago Symphony, the Blue Man Group, visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, and other parts of the city.

Following the parade on Thursday, the band will set sail on a dinner cruise of Lake Michigan to enjoy Thanksgiving together as a the very large family they are so proud to call themselves.

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