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AHS senior to play in Macy’s parade

<p>Brittany Snell (front right) performs with the Alma High School Marching Band.</p>

Brittany Snell (front right) performs with the Alma High School Marching Band.

An Alma High School senior will be representing Arkansas in the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Brittany Snell is one of about 250 musicians from across the U.S. that will perform in the Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s parade Thanksgiving Day.

As an Arkansas all-state band musician, Brittany was invited to apply for a clarinet position in the parade and was accepted in early July, said her mother Debbie Snell.

While six band members from Alma were invited, Brittany was the only one chosen to participate in the parade, Debbie said.

“It’s very exciting; it’s a once in a lifetime trip for her,” Debbie said.

While she is in New York, Brittany will have a chance to do some sightseeing, see a Broadway musical, and enjoy the city’s famous shopping and dining, Debbie said.

Before sightseeing, though, Brittany has eight-hour practices in the three days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, she said during a phone interview Tuesday morning.

She also has to wake up at 2 a.m. Thursday morning and practice before the parade starts, but she said it is worth the hard work.

“I feel honored and I’m glas that I get to spend my with such great players from all over the states,” Brittany said. “It’s a great experience.”

Besides performing in the parade, Brittany will celebrate her 18th birthday on Thanksgiving Day, Debbie said.

Debbie flew with Brittany to New York Nov. 23, and Brittany will return Friday, Nov. 29.

Brittany started playing clarinet in band in the sixth grade, she said. When Brittany graduates in the spring, she is considering going to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and hopes to continue in college band, Debbie said.

Brittany hopes to major in music education or music therapy, she said.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. central time. This year’s parade will host about 8,000 participants, according to the parade website.