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Olive Branch Middle School band teacher marches in Macy’s parade

The director of bands at Olive Branch Middle School will be part of the Saluting America’s Band Directors marching band participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Terri Green will be among 400 band directors from across the country who will be involved in the annual parade, marching under the theme, “America’s band directors: We teach music. We teach life.”

Throughout their careers, the music educators in the band have collectively mentored and taught hundreds of thousands of students. These professionals not only teach and direct music, they teach about life itself.

Green said she is excited and humbled to have been chosen.

“Being able to perform Amazing Grace and Taps at the 911 Memorial, presenting a national first responders concert here in Olive Branch back in September, and rehearsing alongside colleagues from all over the United States will be a lifelong memory,” Green said. “The Macy’s parade performance will be the culmination of the past several months of preparation.”

​The band will be directed by nationally-known music educator and innovative band director Jon Waters.

According to her page on the school website, Green has taught fifth-12th grade instrumental music in the public and private schools of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Her bands have received consistent superior ratings at local, regional, and state music festivals for the past 32 years. Ms. Green has won numerous awards, among which are the Outstanding Young Band Director of Kentucky (Phi Beta Mu), the TMEA 25 year Service Award, and the Outstanding Teacher from Kentucky, Governor’s School award. 

Green becomes at least the second DeSoto County musician to march in the prestigious event. We earlier reported on the inclusion of Lewisburg High School band member Mackenzie Thomasson as part of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band.

Terri Green

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