Congrats Gulf Coast High School!

Congrats Gulf Coast High School!

Every year it happens again. Summer ends, the kids go back to school, and the holiday frenzy is right around the corner. For Floridians like us this also means we can almost taste the cooler weather and lower humidity we have anticipated during the long summer months. Fall is one of the best times of the year, especially in our community here in SW Florida.

The students at Gulf Coast High School have something even better than our beautiful Florida winter weather to look forward to. It has been announced that Gulf Coast High’s marching band will be participating in the annual 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! They have been chosen as one of 10 high school marching bands around the nation to participate, and the ONLY band selected from SW Florida.

In an interview with the News-Press, Collier schools Superintendent Kamela Patton had this to add. “You have probably heard me say that we have the best Fine Arts program, and the best bands, in the nation right here in Collier County. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade organizers validated that today when they surprised the 300+ members of the Gulf Coast High Marching Band with news that the band has been selected to march in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. They are one of just 10 bands chosen from a field of 175 bands nationwide. To have 50 million viewers watching our Collier County Public Schools students on TV will be amazing. This truly speaks to the quality of our music programs in Collier County as a whole but on this day, a special shout out and congratulations to the Gulf Coast High School band students and their director, Steve DeLadurantey.”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924 and continues to be a family tradition for all generations. The Macy’s Parade is as much a part of Thanksgiving for most people as football, family, and turkey (in no particular order). The presentation, design, and talent that goes into putting on this annual event is out of this world. Millions of people tune in across the country, not to mention the thousands lining the streets of New York City, to see the amazing floats, performers, and bands!

One aspect of this parade that we can’t help but notice is the planning that must be involved on the back end of any event of this magnitude. There are so many people involved and so many moving pieces that have to fit together just right. Event planners, civil engineers, urban planners, landscape designers, and city planning officials spend months preparing for the one day event. Sustainable urban planning has a lot to do with the ultimate execution of having so many people in one place at one time. The fact that our own Gulf Coast High students will be a part of this celebration is truly an inspiration for our community of SW Florida.

The students and staff at Gulf Coast High School are just one example of the talent that the people of our community possess. Congrats to the Gulf Coast High marching band! We will be watching!

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