The Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, which is the official band of Tarpon Springs, Florida, is set to perform again at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York after placing first in the Bands of America East Tennessee regional competition.
The now legendary group competed this year against high school bands from six different states in the Southeast. In the final competition, they won the categories for best visual performance and best overall effect.
The group, which is part of the Greek enclave of Tarpon Springs, the site of the iconic American ‘Diving for the Cross’ event each year in Pascha, finished first overall with a score of 91.50 .
The Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts is made up of students from the city and greater County of Pinellas, where students focus on performance leadership. Once again, they will soon be heading to the Macy’s 2022 Thanksgiving Parade in New York City to represent the state of Florida.
The Tarpon Springs Band is no stranger to the Big Apple.
Three years ago, the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble was crowned the 2018 Division AA National Champion for the United States. That year’s Bands of America Grand National competition was held November 8-10, 2018.
Along with this great achievement, the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble also ranked among the top five high school brass bands in the country.
One hundred and eight bands from America’s top high schools competed in the championships, which were held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Only 37 groups qualified for the semi-finals and the top twelve in this group qualified for the final.
The Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” completely captivated audiences.
New York’s Thanksgiving parade returns to normal in 2021
Last year, due to the coronavirus, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was drastically reduced for the first time in its history, with a single Manhattan block featuring the iconic giant balloons, high school marching bands, and musical acts.
Not going the normal two miles, but just a city block, made it very different from the normal festive occasion for New Yorkers and those who often come from around the world to attend the Thanksgiving Show, which kicks off the Christmas season. Xmas.
Last year, the balloons were controlled by special vehicles, instead of armies of volunteers who walked underneath holding their guide cables, and there were no spectators allowed. Still, the marching band scene – albeit widely spaced out – looked fairly normal on TV screens, providing a much-needed dose of normalcy in the midst of the pandemic.
In 2021, New York City makes the bold decision to host the first regular parade in two years, reverting to its original format.
The 95th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will take place through the streets of New York City starting at 9 a.m. in all time zones on Thursday, November 25.
Tarpon Springs, a magnet for Greek divers
A public high school, Tarpon Springs graduated its first senior class in 1906. From the earliest years of its inception, Tarpon Springs High School gained a reputation as an exceptional school. It is known nationally for its football program, music conservatory, culinary department, and veterinary academy.
The beautiful Tarpon Springs waterfront was first explored by Greek sponge divers as early as the early 1900s. Divers immigrated from Greece after the discovery of natural sponge beds and settled in the region, founding the largest sponge companies in the United States.
A visit to Tarpon Springs is a lot like a visit to a charming little Greek seaside village, with its population comprising the largest Greek population per capita of any city in the country.