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The Ohio University Marching 110 rock Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Music, friends and family highlight the band's historic 2017 visit to New York City


Last week, the Ohio University Marching 110 was featured on one of the world’s biggest stages during the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® in New York City.

The opportunity arrived in the midst of a landmark season for the Marching 110 -- they’re currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s “big switch,” in which then-director Gene Thrailkill introduced the hard-driving, high-energy style exuded by all members of today’s internationally-known marching band.

Here's an inside look at the band's once-in-a-lifetime experience with family, friends and alumni during their appearance in the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and various stops across New York City.

All photos taken and provided by Nick Bolin, nickbolin.com

Marching 110 at Macy's Parade in 2017

The 110 marches from the NBC performance area in front of the Macy’s department store on 34th Street during the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Jimmy Fallon greets 110 members before the Macy's Parade

Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s “The Tonight Show" greets members of the Marching 110 prior to the start of the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Marching 110 parade past Radio City Music Hall

The 110 marches past Radio City Music Hall during the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Marching 110 fans gather during Macy's Parade

Fans of the Ohio University Marching 110 were scattered throughout the parade route.

The Marching 110 performs during NBC's TODAY Show.

Members of the Marching 110 performed for the TODAY Show in Rockefeller Plaza on Wednesday (11/22) morning.

110 members pose before their appearance on NBC's TODAY Show.

Approximately 60 members of the Marching 110 appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show and “The Kathie Lee and Hoda Show” the day before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Marching 110 perform inside the TODAY Show studio

Members of the Marching 110 performed inside NBC’s TODAY Show studio during “The Kathie Lee and Hoda Show” on Wednesday (11/22) morning.

The Marching 110 pose for a group photo following the Macy's Parade.

The Marching 110 take a moment for a group photo following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A total of 250 members and staff participated in the historic event.

President Nellis visits with 110 members during Thanksgiving

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis visited with 110 members during the group’s Thanksgiving Dinner cruise around Manhattan. The boat was filled with 600 students, family, alumni and friends of the band and included a full Thanksgiving meal.

Marching 110 alumni display the Diamond Ohio flag in New York

Marching 110 alumni Michael and Jo Carpenter show their 110 pride by displaying a “Diamond Ohio” flag, complemented by the lower Manhattan skyline in the background, during the band’s Thanksgiving Dinner cruise.