Dobyns-Bennett flute player headed to march, play in Macy's parade

Rick Wagner • Nov 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Although the whole Dobyns-Bennett High School marching band isn’t going to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, as it has on five occasions, D-B competitive marching band flute player Lilly McCloud is.

McCloud, a junior, left Saturday morning for New York to practice for the Macy’s Great American marching band. The parade will be televised live and starts at 9 a.m.

She submitted a marching skill video and musical performance video as part of the application and selection process and was chosen for the honor band, made up of students from each state.

“You pick a solo or an ‘A’ tune that you think would best exhibit your musical abilities,” McCloud said Friday afternoon.

Her parents are also going to the Big Apple to watch the parade and come back with her. 

McCloud is one of the top individual musicians in the D-B band, said her father, Brian.

She was selected to the East Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association (ETSBOA) All-East State top band in both 2017 and 2018 by competing against students across the region. By scoring in the top positions for her instrument, she was also selected to the All-State band in 2017 and 2018, performing with the top high school band students across Tennessee in an all-star band each spring at the state Band and Orchestra Association annual meeting in Nashville. She was among 13 flute players selected statewide in the ninth/10th grade classification each of those years.

The full D-B band has performed in the Macy’s parade five times: 1984, 1988, 1993, 2004 and 2011, the last two with band director Lafe Cook.

This will be McCloud’s first appearance in the Macy’s parade. However, she went with the band to New York this spring to play at Carnegie Hall, a performance that also included the D-B orchestra, and to march and play in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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