Leesburg High School drum major to lead Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Timothy Rodriquez, 17, one of two in nation

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." 

The senior clarinetist auditioned and was chosen to march in the parade last year. However, this year at the Smith Walbridge Drum Major Clinic, a six-day camp of sorts to train more than 500 drum majors from across the nation, directors for the parade were looking for their next two drum majors. 

"The number peaks at about 500 or 600 at the clinic and the director is there just watching you the entire time," he said.

Rodriquez got the email last week letting him know he was chosen. 

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