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TBDBITL performs in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

A dream realized. Today The Ohio State University Marching Band celebrated their debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Stepping off at West 77th Street and Central Park West, the band performed to more than 3.5 million live spectators along the 2.5-mile parade route before ending at Macy’s Herald Square. More than 50 million viewers around the world were expected to watch the 92nd annual parade.

Christopher Hoch, assistant professor and director of the Ohio State Marching and Athletic Bands said it was always a dream to be a part of the Thanksgiving Day parade. Hoch last year he worked with the band’s staff to prepare an application to be a part of the tradition.

“I thought it was a great time to come play for everyone in New York,” said fourth-year student Michael Rueda. “It was great to have so many Buckeyes here supporting us for our concert.”

The band performed Harry Warren’s “Lullaby of Broadway.” Hoch said he wanted a performance and music that captured the spirit of the holiday season.

Organizers chose Ohio State from among more than 100 applicants as one of a dozen bands in this year’s show. Macy’s staff flew to Columbus for a Skull Session last September to announce the news in St. John Arena.

The performance in the parade is the start of a busy weekend for the marching band. They are back at Ohio Stadium Saturday for one last performance of the regular season to cheer the Buckeyes to victory over That Team Up North.