Taylor Zoumberis represented not only Warner Robins High School but the entire state of Georgia as part of the Macys Great American Marching Band that performed in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Zoumberis is a senior at Warner Robins High and has been a member of the Demon Marching Band for four years.
After attending the Auburn University Honor Marching Band, a one-day event where high school students had the opportunity to perform with the Auburn band at halftime of the Arkansas State game, Zoumberis said she received an email from the Auburn band director, Dr. Richard Good. He also directs the Macys band and suggested she apply for the Macys band.
Zoumberis was one of seven people from Georgia selected for the Macys band, and she flew to New York City a few days before Thanksgiving. She plays the mellophone, the marching band version of the French horn.
Her first day was spent in uniform fittings; the rest of the week was spent combining rehearsals and sightseeing, including the 9/11 memorial and a Broadway show.
Thanksgiving Day started at 4:15 a.m. for Zoumberis with breakfast and then more rehearsal. The Macys Great American Marching Band opened the parade telecast with a performance and then was bussed to the back of the parade line to march the 3-mile parade route. The band marched in the parade line right before Santa Claus, who ends the parade.
It was like doing a mini-marching show, said Zoumberis, who plans on majoring in music education in college.
Zoumberis, who has marched in her share of parades with the Warner Robins High band, said that the Macys experience was completely different.
It was so amped up, so much bigger than anything I had ever seen. There were just tons and tons of people, and the crowds were so enthusiastic.
Although Zoumberis said it was freezing and that band members huddled together to keep warm during rehearsal breaks on Thanksgiving morning, she said it was an incredible opportunity.
It was such an honor to be chosen to not only represent my high school and my band, but Georgia, Zoumberis said.
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