The Cary High School marching band sweated more than usual this year, and on Tuesday, band director Matthew Minick made them sweat a little more.
Minick summoned his 170 students to the school’s auditorium at 8:30 Tuesday morning for what they only knew was an announcement.
He was one of only a handful of people in the building aware of what that announcement was: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade organizers had picked the Cary High School band as one of 10 in the country to march in the 2016 parade in New York City.
It will be the school’s second Macy’s parade appearance. The first time was in 1983.
But Minick, who has sent performance tapes to the committee nearly every year since being hired in 2000, kept quiet about the news.
The band in November made the semifinals of a national competition for the second time in Minick’s tenure – so members had reason to hope for something fun. Still, Minick’s ambiguous comments prompted wild speculation among students.
“Some were saying they were gonna cut band,” said Megan Cassimatis, a Cary High junior who’s in the color guard. “I didn’t think that, but I didn’t know what to believe.”
The assembly took an ...