- Associated Press - Saturday, April 17, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina college is sending its band to New York City to march in next year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Benedict College‘s band will make its first appearance in the department store’s iconic parade in 2022, the school announced Thursday.

The Benedict College Marching Tiger Band of Distinction said it will spend the next 18 months with both rehearsals and creative fundraising events that the band said will bring the community together.

The committee that chooses the participants for the Macy’s Parade said Benedict was one of nine bands selected because of both its musical expertise and its stage presence.

Benedict College is a historically Black university in Columbia founded in 1870.

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