Round Rock High senior to play in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Sarah Cudzilo seen here in her Round Rock High School marching band uniform, will play with the Macy's Great American Marching Band for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — “I tried out things like the flute, and I was absolutely horrid at the trumpet, they told me never pick up a brass instrument again.”

Sarah Cudzilo listened to that advice and got her hands on a clarinet instead. The senior plays in the Round Rock High School marching band and has achieved a lot over the last few years. You get the idea by looking at the awards on her letter jacket.

“Our entire band came back from grand nationals this year, where we placed 7th out of 96 odd bands,” says Sarah. Two years ago, they took fourth place. While placing in nationals is a huge honor, Sarah says she has her eyes set on Thanksgiving morning.

“We’d always watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I was like, ‘I want to be a part of that, I have to figure out a way to do that,'” explains Sarah.

Sarah has figured it out. She was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“I think it really helped that I attend Round Rock High School because Round Rock has gained so much recognition over the last three years.”

Now she is preparing. She only gets three or four rehearsals with a band she’s never met.

“Remember all my notes, remember every single step that I need, and just having a good time and smiling the entire way through the parade.”

It’s not too much to ask, to see her dream come true.

You can catch the 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning on KXAN. It starts at 9 a.m. and goes until noon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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