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3 Edison alumni will perform on NBC's "Today" show

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Nov 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Three Edison High School students will perform with the Ohio University Marching 110 band in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade Thursday.

Those Edison Chargers are Jake Evans, Connor McGinley and Ryan Reilly.

“Good luck to the boys and the band with their special performance,” said Denise Reilly, EHS band director. 

“This is the second time we have had Edison Chargers perform in the Macy's parade. Previously we had Adam Cawrse, Katie Kuhl and Clark Garris.”

On Wednesday, millions of viewers will receive a preview of “The Most Exciting Band in the Land” when members of the Ohio University Marching 110 perform live on NBC’s “Today” show at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

“They will step off for the parade in New York City at about 10 a.m. and perform on the red carpet live performance area about 11 a.m. The boys are very excited to perform. They will also be touring New York City and seeing other performances while they are there,” Reilly said.

The band has many exciting New York City experiences planned during their visit, including watching various Broadway shows, its scheduled live performance on “Today” on Wednesday morning and a family-style Thanksgiving dinner cruise around Manhattan on Thursday evening after the parade. Friday will allow for a much-deserved “day off” in which students can tour the numerous sights and sounds of New York.

The “Today” appearances take place one day before the Marching 110 participates in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

“Everyone who has been a part of this band played a huge role in making the 110 what it is today and it’s been a blast celebrating our 50th anniversary with current and past members,” said Josh Boyer, assistant director of the Marching 110. “The opportunity to return to New York City and to perform in this year’s Macy’s parade in the midst of such an important year in our history is truly an honor.”

This opportunity arrives in the midst of a landmark season for the Marching 110, as the band currently is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its “big switch.” Then-director Gene Thrailkill introduced the hard-driving, high-energy style exuded by all members of today’s internationally-known marching band.

Next year the Ohio State University marching band will be performing in the Macy's parade with another Charger, Jarrett Burns. He will perform Friday at Kalahari with the OSU band at the convention center. Gabe Mazurik and Evan Hoffman were selected to perform with the OSU band at Kalahari.

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