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Naperville Drum Majors March in Macy’s Parade


Thanksgiving was a little different this year for Naperville Central Drum Majors Hannah Estoll and Raelyn Erwin.

The two spent the day marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Raelyn Erwin explains part of their day, “we woke up at 1 a.m. to be in full uniform, downstairs at like 1:45 a.m., and then we left, and then around 2:45 a.m. we had a dress rehearsal. So we were out there, doing our show at two in the morning. And around 7 a.m. we left and lined up and stepped off.”

Arriving earlier in the week, the girls spent several days practicing with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band, and sightseeing around New York City.

But the highlight of the trip was performing on that national stage.

Hannah Estoll explains how it felt, “surreal, like when we were up at 3 a.m. in Herald Square practicing, and I saw the Macy’s star in front of me. It was absolutely crazy because I’d always seen it on TV and I’d never been there in person. So to be there with all the cameras and the lights and everything and the star right in front of me was absolutely insane.”

Nearly 250 students from around the country joined Hannah and Raelyn in the Macy’s band.

Both girls are seniors, and plan to continue their musical passions into college.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.


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