cav-hatThe Cavalier Marching Band is heading to New York City for the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s one of 10 bands selected to perform on Nov. 26, 2015, beating out more than 175 applicants nationwide. Imagine the sound of UVA’s finest beneath the shadows of Superman, Underdog, Bullwinkle and Snoopy!We have great news! The UVA Parents Committee’s $50,000 challenge has been met. They’ve matched every dollar given up to the $50,000 mark. Thanks to the Parents Committee and those of you who rose to the challenge, we’re well on our way to meeting the estimated $250,000 cost of this exciting trip. Give today and help send the CMB to NYC. Big Apple, here we come! Learn more about the Cavalier Marching Band.


The Macy’s Parade attracts over 3.5 million live spectators and 50 million+ viewers. You can tune in or be there in person.

As we get closer to Nov. 26, check here for the latest news on registering for a CMB/Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade event and ways to join and cheer on the band in NYC. We’ve reserved a block of hotel rooms and information to help you navigate the parade.

Please note that Grandstand Tickets for viewing the parade are not available to the General Public. We will have information about suggested viewing areas as the event nears.


  • New York Marriott Marquis 
    1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
    Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-303-0104
    Reservations Local Phone: 1-212-398-1900
    Click here to reserve your room at the Marriott Marquis
  • For questions regarding the room block:
    Kevin Conley, Director of Alumni & Parent Travel University of Virginia
    434-243-4984 or  866-765-2646
  • Rates
    Rooms Blocked for dates 11/24 – 11/26
    Single Room Rate – $299 Sold Out
    Executive King Room Rate – $349
    Double Room Rate – $399


(Check back often. More information coming soon!)

  • Wednesday evening – “CMB Welcome to NYC” reception at the New York Marriott Marquis
  • Open rehearsals – location and time TBD
  • Parade route practice – location and time TBD

Check out the parade route at Macy’s website.


Traveling to New York with 330+ band members and their instruments is complicated and costly. Your support will make it possible. Many have already contributed to this momentous opportunity for the Cavalier Marching Band. We’ve already met the Parents Committee challenge to match gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, but there’s more work to be done.

Additional support is needed to raise the estimated $250,000 cost of making this trip.

All gifts are welcome and will help the CMB reach New York for the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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