Father Ryan's Marching Band Performing in Macy's Day Parade
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Two years seemed like an eternity to wait, but their big moment is almost here.
"We were sophomores when we found out and it seemed very far away," Father Ryan Senior Liz Haynes said. "I'm so excited. It's kind of one of those things that I don't think has really hit yet that we're actually going to be in the parade."
Father Ryan's High School band was chosen to participate in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"During the parade we're going to be playing Gangnam Style. We're going to be playing Call Me Maybe, Superbase and also the fight song," another student explained.
The band members are used to a crowd, but even after all of the practice they may not be able to begin to fathom what they're about to experience.
"I told them you're going to remember every single second of it," Jereme Frey, band Co-Director, explained to students.
Frey should know, he participated in the parade as a sophomore while at McGavock High School in the 1990's.
"I just want them to feel…a sense of accomplishment and pride in what they did," Frey said.
But first their Father Ryan family has to give them a proper send off with a pep rally. Next they'll go home to set their DVR's.
Only five high school bands were chosen to participate in this year's parade. While in New York, Father Ryan students will also get to visit the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and enjoy a performance by the Blue Man Group.