Pelham student to be Macy's Parade drum major

Kaitlyn Burnside (photo source Shelby County Schools)
Kaitlyn Burnside (photo source Shelby County Schools)
Kaitlyn Burnside (photo source Shelby County Schools)
Kaitlyn Burnside (photo source Shelby County Schools)

PELHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Pelham High School senior has been selected to be the drum major for the Macy's Great American Marching Band, the first student ever to do so.

Kaitlyn Burnside, drum major for the Pelham High School Tower of Power Marching Band, will lead the band during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. The news was announced Friday in a news release to FOX6 News from Cindy Warner, public information officer for Shelby County schools.

"I'm really excited to have been chosen as I have always loved the Macy's parade," Burnside said in the statement. "At the same time, I'm a little nervous to lead the group in front of so many people on national TV."

Burnside a senior at PHS, was one of two students chosen from Alabama to participate in the band.  She also makes history as the first student drum major of the Macy's band, which has historically been led by the co-directors.

Burnside was one of 185 student performers accepted as members of the band, which will perform in New York on Thanksgiving Day.

The musicians, under the direction of Dr. Richard Good from Auburn University and Ohio State University's Dr. Jon Woods, will be complemented by approximately 50 flags and dancers choreographed by Greg Lagola of the famed Cadets Drum Corp of Pennsylvania.  The students will also have the opportunity to attend a leadership/educational workshop while in New York.