WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Topsail High School marching band is in Chicago getting ready for their biggest performance yet. The band will perform Thursday in the 86th annual Chicago Thanksgiving Parade.
The parade will begin at 8 a.m., Central Standard Time—9 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.
“This is the biggest event that our band has ever been a part of. I’m proud to be part of the leadership team that made it happen," said Christopher Spillane, a senior drum major at Topsail High School.
The band is number 44 in a lineup of 134 entries.
Isaac Talbert , a senior at Topsail High, says he’s proud of his school’s band.
“I am not in the marching band but I am a member of the Topsail High School wind ensemble. I am proud of my fellow pirates in taking this enormous step in their music careers,” says Talbert , a senior at Topsail High School.
For many of the students, it is the furthest any of them have been away from North Carolina.
“Marching in front of thousands of people is a memorable experience in and of itself, but we wanted to make sure our students got the chance to see and take part in things they wouldn’t normally,” Band Director Jake Wentzek said. “We’re excited to give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience they will remember for years to come.”
The parade will be televised. Check your listings with your local cable provider.