A University of Miami graduate will be adding some local flavor to this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Matthew Marshall, who is a French horn member of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, will perform in the parade with the Madison Scouts, a drum and bugle corp he was a member of when he was a Boy Scout.
More than 3.5 million people see the parade live every year, and more than 50 million nationwide watch it on television.
“I’m really excited for the unique opportunity, but also a little nervous about marching three miles in the cold weather,” Marshall said. “We have one of the more coveted positions in the parade route as we’ll actually be escorting the guest of honor himself, Santa Claus, to Macy’s and onto the red carpet.”
The Madison Scouts, based in Madison, Wisconsin, started in 1938 as a performing ensemble that once attended all of the Boy Scout jamborees.
“The Madison Scouts have always been known as an entertaining Boy Scout troop; one of the top-level drum corps in the world,” said Marshall, reminiscing about his days performing in the mid-1990’s. “As fun as it will be to put on the green uniform and red sash again, I’m just as eager to share the experience with some of my closest brothers with whom I performed in the past.”
Other performers this year include Hilary Duff, Renée Fleming, Nick Jonas, KISS, as well as members of Cirque du Soleil, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, plus numerous performers from music, film, sports, theater and television.