North Hardin High band receives gift for Macy's trip

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Fort Knox Federal Credit Union donates $10,000
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Anna Taylor

The North Hardin High School Trojan Band is about $205,000 away from affording its trip to New York City next Thanksgiving.

The band was invited to be a part of the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and plans towill join nine other marching bands from across the country as they march down the iconic Macy’s Herald Square, among other busy New York City streets. North Hardin is the only band from Kentucky to receive an invitation to the 2015 parade.

The band received a $10,000 donation Wednesday afternoon from Fort Knox Federal Credit Union. That brings the band to about $15,000 with a little more than a year to raise the rest.

According to Band Director Brian Froedge, the trip will cost each of about 220 students approximately $1,000.

“You’re making Hardin County proud, you’re making Kentucky proud and I’m looking forward to it,” said Fort Knox Federal Credit Union CEO Ray Springsteen, who was born in New York and will be watching the parade streetside.

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union is a keystone contributor for the trip and will be the official sponsor for a fundraiser the band is having in November.

“We’re lucky to have such a generous organization in our community,” Froedge said.

MacLaren Williams, who will march in the parade next fall, said he appreciates the donation and anyone who will help the band get to New York City.

“I think it’s so awesome that people in the community are just so willing to help out,” he said.

When he found out about the trip in May, Williams said he had no idea the support would be so widespread across the community.

The students will be in New York for about four days and three nights, although Froedge said most bands in the parade stay a bit longer.

The band will leave a couple days early to attend meetings and rehearsals, Froedge said. They will travel by charter bus and also will make time to see the sights of the Big Apple.

The band is working with the creative director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to work out all of the details as far as music, time and TV performance. The music North Hardin will play is undecided, but it’s something Froedge said the band likely will begin working on this winter. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs live Nov. 26, 2015.

Froedge said he will be watching the parade live and will have it set on his DVR this year to see how bands perform.

Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or ataylor@thenewsenterprise.com.

BENEFIT FOR BAND

To assist with funding for its New York City trip, the North Hardin High School band will have a benefit concert, dinner and auction on Saturday, Nov. 8. Tickets are $30 per person and the event will be held at the high school. There will be a social hour at 5:30 with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. A jazz trumpet professor from the University of Louisville will be a featured performer at the concert and there will be a live auction at the event as well.

“With every sold ticket, 100 percent of it will go to our (parade) fund,” Band Director Brian Froedge said. “Everything has been donated so we won’t have any expenses left to pay.”

RSVPs should be made to Maria Batistoni at 270-351-2731.

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Members of the North Hardin High School marching band stand and applaud as L. Dean Odle, right, executive vice president for Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, and Ray Springsteen, president and CEO of the credit union, present a check Wednesday at the high school for a $10,000 donation to help the band cover expenses to participate in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ray Springsteen, president and CEO of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, speaks to members of the North Hardin High School marching band Wednesday at the high school before presenting a donation of $10,000 toward the expenses of participating in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A brass quintet from the North Hardin High School marching band performs Wednesday at the high school to begin a program during which the band received at $10,000 donation from Fort Knox Federal Credit Union toward expenses of participating in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.