Reagan marching band selected for 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

School was told during a surprise announcement on Wednesday

SAN ANTONIO – The Ronald Reagan High School marching band has been chosen to participate in the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Creative producer of the parade Wesley Whatley traveled to San Antonio to make the surprise announcement Wednesday at the high school.

The Macy’s parade staff worked secretly with school officials including the band director Dan Morrison.

"It’s been a lot of work this year. We had 8 to 5 rehearsals every day during the summer and then during school we have three hour rehearsals,” said Jacob Brockett, sophomore. "We just all worked hard and put in as much as we can and at the end we’re still proud of ourselves.”

RELATED: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade: 6 fun things you may not know

RELATED: Balloons, Broadway stars and security at Macy's parade

Whatley said Reagan's on-field performance last fall and their performance at the Rose Parade put them on the top of a very short list.

Only nine marching bands were invited out of hundreds of nationwide applicants to participate in the 93rd edition of the annual holiday tradition.


About the Authors:

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.

RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.