LEESBURG, Fla. – The Macy’s Great American Band likes to choose more than 200 students from all over the country to march in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but this year, the band will be led by one student from Leesburg High School.
Timothy Rodriquez, 17, is one of two drum majors chosen to lead the band Thanksgiving morning.
A drum major is a student conductor tasked with leading a marching band in formation and on tempo both on the field and in a parade.
On Wednesday afternoon, Rodriquez kept his cool about the news while warming up the wind ensemble in the band room.
“It’s almost like winning the lottery,” Rodriquez said. “I have never won the lottery before but that’s the feeling I had. It’s indescribable.”