November 26, 2022

The University of Missouri Marching Band will play on the largest stage. On Thursday, November 24th Marching Mizzou will perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Marching Mizzou will be the first of twelve bands to perform this year, leading the field. Amy Knopps, University of Missouri School of Music Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, will lead 350 students at Marching Mizzou as they hike nearly 2.5 miles through New York City.

This is a significant achievement for the University of Missouri and the music program. Bands can only apply to Macy’s once every four years. Becoming a part of Macy’s Parade is a process that requires patience and an exceptional selection routine.

The selection committee requires proof of work and focuses on execution and creativity. This is where Marching Mizzou excels, earning them a spot at the 2022 Macy’s Parade.

Marching Mizzou is the first band to come out, so the first to be televised. Viewers must be on by 8:45 a.m. Central Standard Time to see the performance. The band begins with their traditional battle songs. The performance culminates with Mizzou Alum, Sherly Crow’s #1 hit “All I Wanna Do.” at Macy’s Herald Square.

The University of Missouri submitted their performance “Spot the Robot” and a Stanley Cup theme celebrating 2019 Stanley Cup winners, St. Louis Blues, as a means of consideration.

The Macy’s Foundation and Mizzou Alumni helped make this dream a reality by supporting travel and lodging expenses for the student band and faculty. The cost is estimated at $500,000. A pretty penny, but well worth it because these happy students create memories and the university makes history.

It’s been a busy year for Marching Mizzou

In addition to seven Missouri Tigers home games, Marching Mizzou performed at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO at the halftime show of the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Columbia, Missouri-based band will hail from South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, South Dakota, Texas and Mexico.

How to watch: The 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air in all time zones from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local time on NBC and CBS. Streaming services that broadcast the channels, such as Peacock (for NBC), YouTube TV, and Hulu+ Live TV, will also broadcast the parade.

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