HILLSBOROUGH: Hecht will strut by on TV parade

She’s in University of Massachusetts band that will march in Macy’s extravaganza

   In that sea of faces passing by in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, there may be a familiar one.
   The University of Massachusetts Marching Band, which will march in the morning parade, boasts 21 members from New Jersey, including Danielle Hecht of Hillsborough.
   The band is scheduled to appear on television at 11:24 a.m. as it moves and grooves across the Macy’s Star.
   While the band has marched in three Presidential Inaugural Parades, this marks the first appearance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is broadcast all over the world.
   With nearly 400 members, the UMass musicians are the largest collegiate marching band in the Northeast.
   The band arrived on Tuesday to explore the Big Apple before the parade.
   For those wanting a preview, a pep band will be performing Wednesday at the Dubliner, 45 Stone St., New York City, from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. The UMass Alumni Association will be there.
   On the morning of the parade, the band will rise at 2:30 a.m. and assemble and rehearse at 4 a.m. for NBC in front of the Macy’s store.
   The band will line up at 7:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving. They will march down the streets of Manhattan playing a repertoire that will consist of the school’s fight song, “Roll Down the Field,” “God Bless America” and a Boston favorite, “Sweet Caroline,” in honor of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
   At the Macy’s Star, the band will perform a favorite school tune, “Big Noise From Winnetka!,” which the band plays at the end of every basketball game.