Kathe Spoores, Michael Douglas earn spots in ‘Great American Marching Band’


Two members of the Switzerland County High School Marching Pacer band have earned the right to participate with one of the most prestigious bands in the country.

Senior Katherine Spoores and sophomore Michael Douglas will be participating with the “Great American Marching Band” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

The parade will be held on Thursday, November 26th; and more than 14,000 high school band members from across the country tried out to earn this honor.

Kathe Spoores will be playing the saxophone in the parade; while Michael Douglas will be performing on the trumpet.

The “Great American Marching Band” consists of 200 of the finest high school musicians in the country; and there are members from every state. The musicians will be under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, Director of Bands at Auburn University; and Dr. Jon Woods is the director of the famous “Pride of the Buckeyes” of The Ohio State University.

Along with being a part of the marching band on Thanksgiving Day, Kathe Spoores and Michael Douglas will have the opportunity to attend a leadership/educational workshop while in New York. The workshop will focus on leadership and encourage students to achieve their maximum potential.

There will also be some sightseeing, as the students will get to tour sites like the Empire State Building; Radio City Music Hall where they will see the Rockettes; Rockefeller Center; the South Street Seaport; and the Statue of Liberty.

The performance will be aired on NBC; channel 5 in Cincinnati and channel 3 in Louisville. The broadcast of the parade will be from 9 a.m. until noon.

Kathe Spoores is the daughter of Tony and Anna Spoores of Vevay; and the granddaughter of Larry and Myra Spoores of Switzerland County and Princess McKinley. She is the great-granddaughter of Estene Leap of Vevay.

After graduation, she plans on attending college and pursuing a double major in music education and chemistry.

Michael Douglas is the son of Donald and Christine Douglas of Vevay; and the grandson of Sharon Cruz of Vevay.

After graduation, he plans on entering the military.

To cover the cost of the trip, the students, band, and parents are soliciting donations from the community. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help the two students get to New York City should contact band director Tammy Beitzel at the high school, 427-2626; or at the middle school, 427-3809.