It isn't every Thanksgiving that one gets to participate in the long-standing tradition that is the Macy's Day Parade.
For Madison Central's competitive marching band, the path to Herald Square in New York City has been paved with numerous fundraisers, including their Miles to Macy's campaign.
On Thursday evening, the band hopes to get closer to their fundraising goal with a community benefit concert at the EKU Center for the Arts.
"We're going to have the top concert band perform and the jazz band," said band director David Jaggie.
The jazz band will perform several numbers that they did at Pops at the Park, while the wind ensemble will perform several Broadway medleys.
"It's been fun to work with students on that," Jaggie said. "It's little outside of our box that we do for the school band concert, but we thought it'd be fun and engaging."
In addition to the concerts, there is also a silent auction. Items up for grabs include bleacher seats at the Macy's parade, a dinner prepared by Jaggie and a wine tasting.
According to Michele Taylor, band booster president, the band needs 350 more of the 708 miles sold to reach Herald Square.
"We're so close," she said.
While other bands that have performed at the parade haven't taken their full band, Jaggie said every student is a vital part of the organization and will be there. He said each member is vitally important to the band's success.
"The thought of performing without them is daunting," Jaggie said. "They are all valuable members of the team."
Tickets for Thursday's concert can be purchased online at EKUcenter.com. Tickets are $11 in advance and $18.50 at the door. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time to bid on the items in the auction. There will also be intermission time for additional bidding to take place.
Jaggie said if people aren't able to attend Thursday's concert, the band is hosting its annual Tournament of Bands Saturday. Finals start at 7:15 p.m. at Central's football stadium. The Madison Central band is set to perform at the conclusion of the finals.
"They will get to see the Macy's band in action," he added.
For those wishing to donate, Jaggie said to contact Madison Central or reach out to the band on social media.
"There's a number of different ways we've heard from people," he said. "Nothing is too small to help these student get to the finish line and perform their best."
Jonathan Greene is the editor of The Register; follow him on Twitter @jgreeneRR.