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Published: November 20, 2017 Author: Staff reports

This Wednesday, millions of viewers will receive a preview of “The Most Exciting Band in the Land” when members of the Ohio University Marching 110 perform live on NBC’s TODAY show at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. ET.

The appearances take place one day before the Marching 110 participates in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on Thursday, Nov. 23.

NBC’s TODAY, which features OHIO alumnus Matt Lauer as one of its co-hosts, is a daily news program that “informs, entertains, inspires” and sets the agenda for more than five million viewers across America each morning.

This opportunity arrives in the midst of a landmark season for the Marching 110, as 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.

The band has many exciting New York City experiences planned during their visit, including viewing various Broadway shows on Tuesday, its scheduled live performance on NBC’s TODAY show on Wednesday morning and a family-style Thanksgiving dinner cruise around Manhattan on Thursday evening after the Macy’s Parade. Friday will allow for a much-deserved “day off” in which students can tour the numerous sights and sounds of New York City.

“Everyone who has been a part of this band played a huge role in making the 110 what it is today, and it’s been a blast celebrating our 50th anniversary with current and past members,” said Josh Boyer, assistant director of the Marching 110. “The opportunity to return to New York City and to perform in this year’s Macy’s Parade in the midst of such an important year in our history is truly an honor."