Casie Burk participates in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

December 19, 2010
  • Casie Burk
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SMITHSBURG — Casie Burk, a junior drum major at Smithsburg High School, participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. 

There were nine high school students from Maryland and a total of 250 band members chosen from all 50 states to form the Macy’s Great American Marching Band.  

While in New York for the week, Casie practiced and prepared for the parade on Thursday.  

The band participants arrived at a hotel in New Jersey on Saturday and had the whole day for uniform fitting and relaxing. The following days were spent visiting the site of the World Trade Center, Top of the Rock, Times Square and the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular Show.

A seminar was held by motivational speaker Charlie Aeschliman.  

Rehearsals were held seven to nine hours a day.  

On Thanksgiving morning, the band members awoke at 2 a.m. and arrived at Herald Square at 4 a.m. ready to rehearse.  


The Great American Band got to welcome Santa to Herald Square with its song “When Saint Nick Comes Marching In.”

For Casie, it was a great experience.  She plans to do it next year and would like to encourage more musicians to apply for a position with the band.

Casie would like to extend thanks to all of her music teachers, including Julie Belle Huff, private flute teacher from Carpenter’s World of Music; Debbie Weihl, former Old Forge Elementary School music teacher; Michele Benda and Jessica Seville from Smithsburg Middle; and special thanks to Gary Rupert from Smithsburg High School for having faith in her to play the saxophone, along with the flute and piccolo.  

Casie is the daughter of Sean and Donna Burk.

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