Marching Bands

Applications for the 2023 parade will open here in February 2023. 

This category is inclusive of woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments and may also include auxiliary units of flags, dancers, majorettes and rifles. The selection committee will extend invitations to the top bands to participate in the 2023 Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade.

Selected High School Marching Bands will compete in the WBTV Battle of the Bands. After the parade, viewers will vote for their favorite participating High School Marching Band. The band with the most votes will win the WBTV Battle of the Bands trophy. 

Applications for the 2023 Novant Health Thanksgiving Eve Parade will open in February 2023. 

WBTV Battle of the Bands

The 2022 WBTV Battle of the Bands champion is East Burke High School! Congratulations. We look forward to seeing East Burke and 5 other high school marching bands in the 2023 WBTV Battle of the Bands competition.