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Williamson Countian to march in Macys Parade with Father Ryan Marching Band

The 83 members of the Father Ryan Marching Band include a Williamson County resident who will march down 6th Avenue in New York in the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

One of the students, Caleb Sharber, son of Laura and Randy Sharber, is a drummer in the band.

The Father Ryan High School Marching Band was selected to be one of 11 marching ensembles in the 2012 Parade out of more than 150 applicants nationwide, and one of only five high school bands to perform. Their above par musical ability, marching and performance skills took them to the top of the list and won them a slot in the legendary Parade that will see them step into the line of march this Thursday, Nov. 22.

“We are thrilled that the Father Ryan Marching Band will be joining the Macy’s Parade family this year. They have shown exemplary musical and marching abilities that merited their selection to the national stage at the Macy’s Parade, and we look forward to their New York City debut in front of millions of spectators,” said Wesley Whatley, associate creative director of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“We are committed to creating the national standard in Catholic education and the Father Ryan band has been demonstrating that national standard for years,” said Jim McIntyre, president of Father Ryan High School. He added, “These individuals and their directors –Jeff, Dustin and Derek Schletzer, and Jereme Frye – have made this program one of the premier band programs in the nation, and the opportunity to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2012 is a further salute to the band's talent, their dedication and their commitment to the musical program at Father Ryan. We are proud of every one of them.”

Jeff Schletzer, band director commented, “The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has long been the showcase for the highest level of band performance, so to be invited to participate in this historic event is flattering, humbling and exciting for us.  We strive to make the study of music and the performances of the band integral parts of the high school education.  This trip to New York in 2012 will be a celebration of the hard work of the staff and all of the band members – past, current and future – who have made this educational opportunity possible for Father Ryan.”

The Macy’s Parade takes more than a year to plan, with bands chosen over an 18-month period before their Parade step-off. Each band application is thoroughly reviewed by the Macy’s Parade Band Committee, which yearly looks for bands that not only have great musical and marching ability, but will also bring an incredible energy and excitement to their performance on the national stage provided by the Parade’s immense television audience.

The band is combining the Parade with visits to various New York City sites, a reception for alumni and parents in the city and a special relief concert for the hard-hit residents of the Far Rockaways, who are still recovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Posted on: 11/21/2012


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