Grain Valley marching band heading to the Big Apple for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- More than 30 million people are expected to tune in for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and one metro high school will be in the middle of the celebration.

On Sunday, the Grain Valley Marching Band left for New York City.

More than 400 students will represent the metro area in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, including Emma Fundenberger.

"When I was in fifth grade they said you guys could possibly be able to go to New York, but now it's just like 'wow, we're actually going,'" said Fundenberger.

Many of the students have never been to New York before. Landry Rogers says it has been a dream of hers to visit the Big Apple.

"I am expecting it to be really busy. Just living in the small town of Grain Valley where there is not that many people here, so that will be different," said Rogers.

While in New York, the students plan to tour the city, visit the Statue of Liberty and see a Broadway show.

The marching band has been preparing for the show for more than a year. It is hundreds of hours of practice boiled down to several minutes these high school students will never forget.

You can see the Marching Eagles at 11:25 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.