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Notes from Students, Parents, Partners, and Macy's..........................

Here are some comments from the members and their families of The Macy's Great American Marching Band as they reflect on their experiences over the years. As they are submitted we will add them as we reflect back on this wonderful experience over the years. We have not included full names for security reasons.

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We are happy to help.  The band looked and sounded great. - Tabor Stamper, President of Jupiter/Mapex Instruments

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LOL!!!  Hold on to your socks 'cause it's a downhill from here. I applaud all of you for all of your time, energy & love you pour into the parade & into our children. Thank you so much. - Stephanie H.

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First, I wanted to say “THANK YOU” for the incredible opportunity you have created for the musicians with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. We picked up our son last night and it has clearly been a “life changing experience” for my son. As founder and chairman emeritus of Music for All, I know a little bit about these life changing experiences can can tell you this was really first class all the way.

We attended the Wednesday rehearsal and I was impressed by your staff, the organization, and the performance level of the students. It is amazing how it all comes together in such a short time. This is no small feat and that is a tribute not only to the students but to the staff and your organization. So again… Thank you!  Hopefully Andrew will be with you again next year (he is a sophomore this year)

Best regards,

Bob M.

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Music Festivals Team
 
I just wanted to drop you a quick note expressing what an amazing experience the Macy's Great American Marching Band was for our daughter and our entire family! We had high expectations and you met and exceeded those at every juncture.
 
From the time of our initial communication with you about her acceptance into the band, through the many months of correspondence and preparation, through the excitement of arriving in New York and the week of rehearsals and team-building, through the parade and wonderful banquet-- it was an incredible experience thanks to the organization, communication, quality and professionalism of your entire team. Your letters and emails were complete and timely with valuable information for a family that was experiencing this opportunity for the first time. I can't convey how helpful that was as we prepared Brenna and our family for the adventure.
 
She quickly connected with her roommates (I'm certain she has developed some new life-long friends), thoroughly enjoyed the exceptionally high musical abilities of the other students, was challenged and learned so much through the rehearsals, had a great time site-seeing and team-building all week, and just had an overall tremendous experience marching and being a member of the MGAMB. I can't put into words what it means for her and us to now have these great life-long memories of her time with the band and the joy and pride we as parents had in seeing our daughter as part of this amazing team.
 
As parents, we thank you for not only caring for the safety and well-being of our daughter-- for example, your chaperone's were exactly where they promised to be as she arrived in New York, perhaps the most nervous part of the endeavor for us-- but also for nurturing and encouraging her by giving her a world-class experience with the finest musicians and leaders. Your entire team from the organizers to the directors to the chaperones is to be highly commended!
 
The quality of your organization and the end product and pride of the unified band/team performing marvelously on the route and in Herald Square is just simply phenominal! You have a tremendous team and run a first class program-- I say that with fullest sincerity having been a fortunate benefactor of the experience. You've given her and us a wonderful gift and provided us an experience we'll remember and fondly recall for the rest of our lives.
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
 
Best wishes,
 
Darren & Michelle K.

 

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