NEW YORK - While the rest of Central Illinois was enjoying Thanksgiving breakfast, Colfax resident Madison Klintworth joined over 250 other students from across the country in the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Klintworth arrived in New Jersey on Saturday, Nov. 21, for a five-day intensive rehearsal process which brought 250 musicians, guard and dancers that have never played and marched together before, into one dynamic, cohesive marching unit.

On parade day, the band members were up at 1 a.m., prepping for a 3 a.m. practice in New York's Herald Square. Madison was one of 28 clarinet players in the MGAMB. The Great American Marching Band was directed by Dr. Richard Good, of Auburn University, and assisted by Barry Houser, of the University of Illinois. Honoring America's finest high school musicians, students are selected based on musical ability and academic achievement. The opportunity is open to all musicians from over 14,000 high schools across the United States.

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