Members of the Sullivan South High School band prepare for Philadelphia’s 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo by Ned Jilton II.
KINGSPORT — Sullivan South High School’s marching band is performing in this year’s Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade, then headed to take a bite out of the Big Apple in a sightseeing seeing trip to New York.
The Rebel band will leave in three chartered buses at 5 a.m on Wednesday and arrive in Philadelphia later that day, taking in some of the attractions in the cradle of liberty, including a visit to the Liberty Bell, and then getting ready for the parade the next morning.
During the 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, which touts itself as the oldest in the country, the band will be playing a medley called “A Sullivan South Holiday,” arranged by Jeremy Thompson for today’s Christmas Parade in Kingsport and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving parade.
After the morning performance, to be broadcast by WKPT-TV 19, the band will leave for New York to see sights including the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 memorial and a Broadway play.
The group will get back on the buses Saturday afternoon and arrive back in Tennessee in the wee hours of Sunday morning.For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.