Shelby Bettis to perform at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Shelby Bettis

Quitman High School senior Shelby Bettis has been chosen to perform in the 2017 Macy’s Great American Marching Band for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.Quitman High School senior Shelby Bettis has been chosen to perform in the 2017 Macy’s Great American Marching Band for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.Shelby is the only high school student selected from Texas to perform with the color guard. She will represent Quitman, Wood County and Texas. Macy’s Marching Band has roughly 185 musicians with 30 color guard and dancers from all over the United States. Shelby applied to be in the parade at the beginning of the year. The selection process included a written application and a video audition. She was pleasantly surprised several weeks later when the notice came in the mail that she had been chosen. “I was so shocked. I had no words-- all I could do was cry,” Bettis laughed. “I was so happy and excited.”The overall cost for the trip is about $5,000 which includes airfare, uniforms, meals, and transportation. She will stay with other band members in a hotel in New Jersey, about 15 minutes from New York.Bettis is raising money for the trip to defray some of the costs. Anyone interested in making a donation can do so by make a check payable to Shelby Bettis Fundraiser: “Spinning My Way to NYC Account”. Checks can be mailed to Bettis at PO Box 578, Quitman, TX 75783 or donations can be made directly to the account at City National Bank in Quitman. The deadline for donations is August 1. Twirling has been a passion of Bettis’ since she was a little girl. “My Godmother and cousin were in the color guard at Quitman High School—they taught me how to twirl but most importantly the love for twirling. While the other little girls were all dressed in their cheerleading outfits and chanted along with the cheerleaders, I was with the band (in my cheer outfit) watching my idols, the color guard. I would twirl my mom’s broom to my softball bat. Twirling is my passion!”Bettis has been a member of the color guard squad at Quitman High School for 4 years and served as captain of the squad for 3 consecutive years as well as a trumpet player for the Proud Blue Marching Band for 4 years.Upon graduation, Bettis hopes to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she plans to auditioned for the school’s color guard, as well as earn a bachelors degree in elementary education with a minor in music.She is the 17-year-old daughter of Lynn and Kiki Bettis of Quitman, and has one brother, Seth Ryan. She also works part time at Brookshire’s Grocery Company in Quitman.For more information about making a donation contribution or about Shelby’s journey to NYC, email Shelby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact her mom (Kiki) at 903-497-7366.

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