MSU's Marching Machine to perform in legendary NYC Parade

Oct 8, 2018

Morgan State University’s Magnificent Marching Machine, has been selected to perform in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of Maryland. 

This will mark the first Parade appearance by the band. The Marching Machine will join the Parade to the call of “Let’s Have a Parade,” the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924.

The Magnificent Marching Machine will spend the next 12 months planning for their Parade appearance. Rehearsals and creative fundraising events not only bring the school and the community closer but also prepare the students for the march of a lifetime.

“Morgan State University is home to one of the finest and most exciting marching bands in the northeast, delivering high-energy, crowd-pleasing performances every fall season,” said Wesley Whatley, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Creative Producer. “Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome The Marching Machine to New York City for their debut appearance in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”

The Morgan State University Marching Band is comprised of 150 students. The marching band has had appearances at NFL, MLB and CFL games, local and regional parades, civic and public school performances as well as providing exciting performances for Morgan State University athletic events. The Band has appeared in the movies “Amazing Grace” and Chris Rock’s “Head of State,” as well as on the Tom Joyner Show and at The White House. The MSU Band program offers six different ensembles: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band and the Jazz Combo. Its most popular and recognized ensemble is the Marching Band, fondly known as “The Magnificent Marching Machine.”