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Kutztown University Marching Unit Selected for Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

September 23, 2015

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University Marching Unit (KUMU) has been selected as one of 17 bands to appear in the 2015 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. With 150 members, KUMU is one of two bands from Pennsylvania and the only collegiate band in the parade. 

Now in its 96th year, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the nation.  The 1.4-mile parade route ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The parade is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and 6 ABC, Philadelphia. 

The parade will be telecast by stations across the nation and locally by 6 ABC, Philadelphia.  It can also be viewed at as a live webcast.

Bands scheduled to appear:

A.I. DuPont High School Marching Band, Delaware
Alan B. Shepard High School Marching Band, Illinois
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp All-Star Marching Band, Indiana
Fishers High School Tiger Band, Indiana
Heights Youth Club Marching Band, Jamaica, West Indies
Jackson Memorial High School Marching Band, New Jersey
Kutztown University Marching Unit, Pennsylvania
LaPorte High School Marching Band, Indiana
Oneonta High School Marching Band, Alabama
Pendleton Heights Marching Arabians Marching Band, Indiana
Pennsbury High School Marching Band, Pennsylvania
Riverview High School Marching Band, Florida
Silver Bluff-Midland Valley High School Marching Band, South Carolina
Smiths Station High School Panther Spirit Marching Band, Alabama
Thunder Squad Drumline, California
Tournament of Bands All Star Marching Band, 14 States
Woodland High School Marching Band, Georgia

KUMU will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m - 10 p.m. at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 353 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.  Menchie's will donate 20% of their profits that day to the band.  To participate click here and print the flyer to present at Menchie's.  Customers must present the flier for their proceeds to benefit the band.