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Morgan State to show off local talent in Macy’s Thanksgiving parade
By Amelia Rambissoon /
November 25, 2019

This Thanksgiving, Morgan State University’s Magnificent Marching Machine will perform at the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, representing the state of Maryland’s talented musicians and historic educational institutions to viewers across the country. 

The band, also known as M3, discovered they were selected from more than 100 marching bands last fall and have been preparing for more than twelve months for the main event. Under the direction of Melvin Miles since 1973, the band of 130 members will perform a medley of “Everybody Dance” at the nationally-televised event.

“The entire Morgan Community is excited and looking forward to seeing our Bears on such a grand stage," said David Wilson, president of MSU. “This will be our occasion to share just a small sample of ‘The Morgan Way’ with the rest of the world.”

The Magnificent Marching Machine is no stranger to large crowds, having performed at Morgan State football games, NFL games, U.S. presidential inaugurations, the World Series, and in Chris Rock’s movie “Head of State.” 

The parade will feature 11 other marching bands and other iconic Macy’s staples including floats, character balloons, clowns, and performers such as the Black Eyed Peas and Celine Dion. Approximately 3.5 million people attend the parade in New York City, with more than 50 million television viewers at home. The parade will air live from 9am - 12pm on Thursday, November 28th on NBC. For more information, go to


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