Prospect High School Marching Knights Lead Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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The Prospect High School Marching Knights of Mount Prospect, Illinois were the last marching band in the Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade, making them the marching band that led Santa Claus onto the Herald Square Macy’s star in front of the flagship Macy’s store.

The Prospect Marching Knights performed a version of Buddy and Santa’s Flight from the motion picture Elf. The Marching Knight performed directly behind Tony Bennett and Miss Piggy.

Prospect Marching Knight Hannah Thornton was awarded the Bob Hope Band Scholarship Award. Macy’s and the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation have proudly presented the Bob Hope Band Scholarship Award since 2003. The scholarship is designed to honor one outstanding band member and their school band program participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Through a written essay, each school participating in the Macy’s THANKSGIVING Day Parade can nominate one participating musician, auxiliary team member or drum major from their marching band program who best reflects the value and attributes that Bob Hope represented to millions of Americans, both at home and overseas. These values and attributes include musical ability, leadership initiative, sense of humor and a strong commitment to community service.

Members of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Selection Committee evaluate the essays and select the winning recipient. The selected student receives a $10,000. Scholarship award towards her/his education. In addition, the school band program receives $10,000.

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