Community Music School Student to March in Thanksgiving Day Parade

Posted on 11/16/2017 12:58:09 PM

Kristina AndreiThe IUP Community Music School is proud to announce that one of its students, Kristina Andrei, has been selected to march in New York City with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the 2017 Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Selected through a competitive audition process based on musical ability and past achievements, Andrei will perform on the mellophone alongside nearly 300 other students representing every state in the country.

The band will be under the direction of Richard Good, director of bands at Auburn University; Douglas Rosener, associate director of Bands at Auburn University; and Ward Miller, Brass Caption head for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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

The 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air locally on NBC affiliates beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017.

Kristina is the daughter of Jim and Paula Andrei of Homer City and is a junior at Homer-Center High School. She plays the mellophone in the marching band, French Horn in the concert band, and bass drum as a member of the indoor percussion ensemble. She is also active in the musical as a member of the orchestra and has participated in both county and district band. In the IUP Community School she has taken private lessons on piano, French Horn, and the mellophone.

For more information about the IUP Community Music School, e-mail, or visit the IUPCMS website.

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 through its ArtsPath arts-in-education program.

The IUPCMS is funded, in part, through a generous donation by Kay 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 program, managed locally by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.