By: Sharon Aron Baron
A local high school student has been chosen as one of 250 students nationwide to play in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band on Thanksgiving Day.
Percussion player Robbie Flory, son of Christine and Rob Flory of Margate, is a junior at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and competed against students from more than 14,000 high schools. He has the honor of being one of only 2,500 students in the past ten years to play in the Great American Marching Band.
“I am very excited to have Robbie represent Stoneman Douglas on the National Stage. This is an unbelievable accomplishment, and we are beaming with Eagle Pride,” said Stoneman Douglas Principal Ty Thompson.
Band director Alex Kaminsky is proud that Flory has been chosen as a member of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band.
“Anytime one of our Eagle Regiment students receives accolades beyond our band program itself, it is very gratifying to see,” said Kaminsky. “Robbie Flory has worked hard and has demonstrated a commitment to achieving excellence in his playing.”
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, the Macy’s Great American Marching Band honors America’s finest high school musicians and and is comprised of select students from across the United States. The musicians are under the direction of Auburn University’s Dr. Richard Good and Assistant Director, Barry Houser, from the University of Illinois. The 185 musicians will be complemented by approximately 40 flags and dancers.
They will be cheered by 3 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan each year and will perform live in Macy’s Herald Square for another 50 million watching on television on November 26, 2015.