Community Music School Student Repeats for Macy’s Parade

Posted on 11/14/2018 1:05:18 PM

IUP Community Music SchoolThe IUP Community Music School is proud to announce that one of its students, Kristina Andrei, has been selected for the second year in a row to march in New York City with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in this year’s 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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

“It’s extremely competitive to even get into the band, so being selected two years in row is quite an accomplishment,” remarked IUPCMS director Jeff Wacker.

The band will again 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.

The 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air locally on NBC affiliates beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2018.

Kristina AndreiKristina 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. This past summer she also marched with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp of Burlington, New Jersey. In the IUPCMS she has taken private lessons on piano, French Horn, and the mellophone.

The IUPCMS is funded in part by the College of Fine Arts through the Department of Music and the Lively Arts at IUP, S&T Bank and IUP Dining, and the generous donations of Ann Wilmoth and Kay Smith.

The IUPCMS also receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts logo The IUPCMS is a program of the College of Fine Arts and Department of Music and managed by the Lively Arts. For more information about the IUPCMS, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS), email, or visit the IUPCMS on the web.