Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade features grandchildren of local residents

McKenna Moulds, whose grandparents reside in Alpena, is a member of the award-winning Rockford Marching Band that will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. She is pictured above. Fellow band member Samantha Hacker also has grandparents who live in Alpena.

Some local grandparents will be watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City with keen interest.

McKenna Moulds will be marching in the parade as a member of the Rockford Marching Band. She is the daughter of Jenny (Losinski) and Keith Moulds of Rockford, and the granddaughter of Larry and Pat Losinski and Ray and Pat Hentkowski, all of Alpena.

Also marching with the band is Samantha Hacker, the daughter of Cherie and David Hacker of Rockford, and the granddaughter of Don Amlotte and step-grandmother Betty Amlotte of Alpena.

Both girls are freshmen at Rockford High School. McKenna plays flute and Samantha plays tenor sax.

The band marches 317 people and has won many top honors in marching competitions. Most recently they won the Michigan Competing Band Association state championship at Ford Field in Detroit, where they took first place in every aspect of marching from musical ability to formation to choreography. They were awarded the trophy of top honors.

The Rockford Marching Band was chosen as one of seven high school bands in the nation to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Some of the other bands hail from Alaska, Utah and Mississippi.

They will all be in formation and ready to go by 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and their grandparents will be cheering them on.