Community Music School Student Selected for Macy’s Parade Marching Band

Posted on 11/16/2015 10:47:10 AM

QuentinDavis_300The IUP Community Music School is proud to announce that one of its students, Quentin Davis, has been selected to march in New York City with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Selected through a competitive audition process based on musical ability and past achievements, Davis will perform as a percussionist with nearly 300 students representing every state in the country. The band will be under the direction of Richard Good, director of bands at Auburn University; Barry Houser, assistant director of bands at the University of Illinois; and Doug Rosener, associate director of bands at Auburn University and the percussion instructor. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this prestigious band.

An interesting connection to IUP is that the late Jon Woods, retired director of The Ohio State Marching Band and a native of Spangler, Pa., in Cambria County, directed the Macy’s band from 2006-2009 and is a 1960 music education graduate of IUP.

The 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air locally on NBC affiliates beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2015.

Quentin is the son of Dan and Carolyn Davis of Graceton and is a junior at Homer-Center High School. He is a member of the marching band drum line, plays trombone in the concert band, participates in the indoor percussion ensemble and school musicals, and has been a member of the Indiana County Band and Chorus. As an actor, he’s attended Footlight Players at IUP for nine years and has held leading roles in The Sound of Music and Meet Me in St. Louis.

In the IUP Community Music School, he takes private percussion lessons with John Mullen, a teaching artist in the program and the graduate assistant in IUP’s percussion area.

For more information about the IUP Community Music School, contact Jeff Wacker at 724-357-4565, or at jwacker@iup.edu.

The IUP Community Music School is a program of the College of Fine Arts and Department of Music. It is managed by the Lively Arts under its ArtsPath program.

The IUPCMS is funded, in part, through a generous donation by Kay B. Smith and support from S&T Bank and IUP Dining. Additional support for marketing is provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through its Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour program managed locally by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.