By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local university’s marching band is set to perform this Thursday in New York at one of the season’s most beloved parades.

Out of 138 colleges that applied, the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band was one just of four selected to perform at this year’s Macy’s thanksgiving day parade.

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“To be able to perform in a parade of this magnitude, we’re pretty excited,” Golden Rams director Andrew Yozviak told KYW Newsradio.

Yozviak says this invitation is a culmination of years of hard work from his 300 plus member marching band:

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“Anytime you have the opportunity to give students this kind of opportunity it’s something to be proud of.”

8 million people are expected to come out to this year’s parade and more than 40 million are expected to watch it on TV.

“The kids are chomping at the bit to get up to the city and perform for the New Yorkers,” Yozviak said.

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The band’s live performance is one minute and 15 seconds on camera and will happen right before Santa Claus makes his appearance.