COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School senior Foster Eber won’t be watching football and eating turkey on Thanksgiving.
He will be part of an 86-year tradition — the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Foster auditioned for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band after watching last year’s parade.
Foster will leave Saturday to meet up with approximately 250 band members to rehearse for the parade. The marching band will perform two pieces during the event, “Moves Like Jagger,” and a jazz number entitled “Lazy River.”
Foster plays trombone for the CCHS Marching Eagles and is also a drum major.
While in New York, Foster and other band members will rehearse five hours in the morning before being released to sight see the city’s tourist attractions. On the itinerary is a visit to Times Square and Rockefeller Center.
In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, city events have been rescheduled or cancelled all together, such as the New York City Marathon. But Foster said parade officials have assured him that the long-standing holiday event will step off as scheduled.
The chance to meet and play with band members from across the country is a bonus for Foster. “It is going to be neat to meet all the different people that will be there,” Foster said. “What I am looking forward to is playing with people who are just as dedicated to marching band as I am. Knowing we all auditioned to be there means we are all the same in our love for band.”
The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC from 9 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day.