The Legacy High School marching band has already done Colorado proud, but the latest good news comes a smidge too late for seniors and juniors. The band found out Monday it has been selected to be part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, according to 9News. The only downside is the band’s gig isn’t until 2011, so current seniors and junior will have already graduated.

But, at least that gives younger students time to come to grips with knowing they will be the first to represent Colorado in the parade since 1998. More than 3 million people line the Macy’s parade route on Thanksgiving Day, and some 50 million people watch it on TV, notes The Denver Post.

The news came in grand style. Members of the Broomfield City Council swooped in with a representative from Macy’s to surprise Legacy’s band director, Clay Stansberry, in a confetti-filled assembly. Wesley Whatley, an associate creative director of the parade who helps select bands, says the Legacy band was chosen because of (what else?) its exceptional marching and “amazing sound” for such a small band, according to the Broomfield Enterprise.

Meanwhile, Governor Bill Ritter has issued an online voting challenge to all Coloradans to convince President Obama to choose the Denver School of Science and Technology as the site of his high school commencement address this year, according to 7 News. The Denver high school is one of six schools from across the nation in the running for that one graduation speech. Online voting at the White House website started Monday and continues through Thursday.