Colony High School Band gears up to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Palmer's Colony High School will join 11 other bands marching in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band has been practicing for 18 months. The application process is pretty extensive. Band Director Jamin Burton said it included essays, performance videos and letters of recommendation.

"Band is about tradition and art, and the people that you're around so you're making art, you're being expressive, you're creating and then you're sharing that with the world, it's about performing and trying to make the world and your community a better place," he said.

In addition to the band's big debut, a former band member received a pretty big award. Naomi Winders was this year's Bob Hope Scholarship recipient. Each year, Macy's presents a $10,000 scholarship designed to honor one outstanding band member. Colony High School's band program will also get $10,000. Winders submitted an essay, so she knew a winner would be selected, she just didn't know it would be her.

"When they started to present the award, I was just trying to think of the best and like if I didn't win it would be all okay and when they said my name, my heart stopped and I felt like everything from that moment on was going in slow motion and I was just in complete shock," said Winders.

The award was created to recognized Bob and Delores Hope's love of music. Colony High School will perform around 11:18 a.m. Alaska time during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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