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Local Student To Play In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Faith Jessie.
Millions tune into The Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade every year, to watch the floats, huge character balloons, and the marching bands.

Well instead of watching the parade, this year Shannon Clark is performing in it.

"What was your reaction when you found out you got accepted? I started squealing... I was very excited," said Shannon

The Green High School Sophomore plays the tuba and her success didn't come overnight. She says she's been preparing for this, since the fourth grade.

"Everything from then, up until my audition went into my audition," said Clark.

That audition tape was filmed at one of Clark's High School band performances.

"I love my experience here in school, I think everybody in band works really really hard, and I think everybody in chorus works really hard. I love our music teachers because they are awesome," said Clark.

"Being able to watch their growth is actually my favorite part..working with them all the way through graduation makes me pretty lucky," said Greene High School Band Director, Heather Kreisel.

The parade is not the only thing on Shannon's plate.

"We do a series of holiday concerts so..our first concert is actually in December.. so it's in two weeks," said Kreisel.

But Shannon is up for the challenge. You can catch her marching in the Macy's Great American Marching Band next Thursday.

And while this will be Shannon's first year playing in the Macy's Great American Marching Band Johnson City junior Dionne Hendricks and Chenango Forks junior Kevin Vogel will also be playing for their second consecutive year. Dione plays the tube while Kevin plays the alto saxophone.