New Hartford student to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV)--A 17-year-old senior at New Hartford School is taking a road trip to New York City. The musician has been selected to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week.

London Rowland's journey began a year ago, when he submitted a video to be considered for the Great American Marching Band. Every year America's finest high school musicians are chosen from each of the 50 states. This year Rowland is one of those students.

According to Macy's students are chosen based on past performances, awards, letters of recommendation and the person's unique personality to captivate an audience.

For Rowland performing is something he thrives on.

"Something about seeing them enjoy what I do, really motivates me to get even better," he said.

He chose to play the snare drum when he was in seventh grade.

"I wanted to be right up there in the front, right where the spotlight is."

But it didn't come without some hard work and determination. Rowland's practically lives in the music wing at his school. Sometimes practicing up to 30 hours a week. He has also performed with several marching bands competing in New Jersey, Indianapolis, Iowa and Ohio.

Rowland said he's never seen the parade in its entirety, but he's excited to be a part of it.

"Performing with 250 people, most of whom you've never met before is always going to be a challenge," he said. "But with the great instructional staff they have this year I'm not worried at all. We'll all come prepared with music it will be nothing but a good time."

Rowland even offered some advice to other aspiring musicians.

"If they keep practicing and practicing everyday anything they want to achieve they'll get," he said.

Rowland leaves for New York City on Saturday. He will perform at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27. It will be broadcast on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 from 9-11 a.m.

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