Hendrickson Hawks to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hendrickson HS marches towards Macy's Parade

PFLUGERVILLE - Hundreds of Hendrickson High School students are getting ready to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in November.

But first, the 400-plus students must raise money to pay for their trip to New York City. It costs around $2,000 for each student.

So Saturday morning the entire Hendrickson High School Hawk Band marched throughout Falcon Pointe, belting out famous songs like ‘Sweet Caroline.’ They gave mini-concerts for donations.

The trip is a dream come true for students.

"We're really excited, super excited. I grew up watching this parade so for us to be in here, I'm like, unbelievably excited," said a flutist.

"It's crazy like we all when we were little think about going to Macy's. It's crazy that we actually are," said Megan Vickery, a senior.

Garth Gundersen is the only band director the Hendrickson Hawks have known. He's been with the school since it opened in 2003. He said the process of just applying for the Macy's parade was long and hard.

"You have to kind of build a resume to get up to Macy's. You have to build the size of the program, the scope of the program and then there's an online application that you have to show a picture of the band, you have to show a performance of the band from a previous year," said Gundersen.

"This has been a long journey. We have marched five major parades. We marched the Disney Parade, we marched the Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix, we marched the Philadelphia Parade, the Chicago Parade, now this is our fifth parade, Macy's," said  Gundersen.

The Hendrickson Hawks found out they were going to the Big Apple in 2014. They leave the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

If you'd like to help the students make the trip, visit the Hendrickson Hawk Band Booster webpage.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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