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The Goin’ Band from Raiderland Makes Historic Debut at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Goin’ Band from Raiderland, hailing from Lubbock, Texas, has embarked on a momentous journey to New York City. This week, KCBD is closely following the band’s historic debut in the 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The significance of this experience cannot be overstated, as it holds a special place in Lubbock’s heart, as well as the Texas Tech community and the individual members of the band.

This marks the first time in Texas Tech history that the Goin’ Band will have the honor of performing live at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This milestone is a testament to their dedication and talent, showcasing the utmost pride for their university and the city they represent.

As the band members embark on this journey, for many of them, it is a series of firsts. One member, William Luck, expresses his excitement, revealing that it is his first-ever plane ride and his first time venturing beyond the state borders of Texas. This experience not only demonstrates the band’s musical prowess but also offers personal growth and new horizons.

While in the city that never sleeps, the band members are balancing hard work with some well-deserved leisure time. Ryland Clark eagerly shares his plans to visit the Statue of Liberty on their free day, brimming with excitement. Likewise, Quinn Tipping looks forward to indulging in the culinary delights of the city and taking a spin on the ice at Rockefeller Center.

The Goin’ Band feels immense pride in representing Lubbock and commemorating Texas Tech’s 100th birthday during this iconic parade. To capture the moment and bring the experience to viewers back home, KCBD News Channel 11’s Joshua Ramirez will provide live coverage from New York City. Additionally, audiences can tune in to watch the holiday performance by the Goin’ Band in the parade live on KCBD at 8:30 a.m. CT on Thursday.

This momentous occasion not only highlights the talent and dedication of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland but also showcases the vibrant spirit and rich cultural heritage of Lubbock and Texas Tech University. The band’s debut at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a testament to their commitment to excellence and their role as ambassadors for their community.


1. How many members are there in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland?

The exact number of members in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland may vary from year to year. However, the band typically consists of around 450 members.

2. When was Texas Tech University founded?

Texas Tech University was founded on February 10, 1923.

3. How long has the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade been taking place?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an annual tradition since it first started in 1924.

4. Who can watch the performance live on KCBD?

Anyone in the Central Time zone can watch the Goin’ Band’s holiday performance in the parade live on KCBD at 8:30 a.m. CT on Thursday.

By Alan Caldwell

Alan Caldwell is a respected authority and prolific writer on the subject of urban renewable energy systems in American cities. His expertise lies in exploring the implementation and impact of green energy solutions, such as solar and wind power, in urban landscapes. Caldwell's work often highlights the challenges and successes of integrating renewable energy into city grids, advocating for environmentally sustainable and economically viable energy strategies. His insightful analyses and recommendations have been influential in shaping how cities approach their transition to cleaner energy sources, contributing significantly to the discourse on sustainable urban development.