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Father Ryan's Marching Band Shines At Thanksgiving Parade

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Family and friends all across the country are getting together for the holiday, but at the Griesmer house Thanksgiving day was an extra special occasion.

"My son who's a senior at Father Ryan and plays the tuba is marching in the parade and we've been planning this for 18 months," mother Ann Griesmer emphatically explained.

Father Ryan's Marching Band is spending the week in the Big Apple to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"I've always known we had a great band," former football player and 2011 graduate Cameron Wagner said. "This is an honor."

Before the table was set, they gathered around the television to watch for the band to march past the cameras.

"There's a lot of benefits to having a tuba player in the band because you can spot him very quickly," father Dan Griesmer said.

They were looking for the tuba player, Conlon Griesmer, who his family said also stands out because of his rosy cheeks.

"I couldn't be prouder of my son," his father added.  

Now a senior, Conlon and his family have been anticipating this moment for years. On this day made special by families coming together, they're connected hundreds of miles away.

The family said the plan to attend the parade one day when Conlon isn't performing so he can take them through what it was like.

For now his mother said, "We're having a ball just watching it on television."

The practice, games and decades of Father Ryan tradition finally in the spotlight and the band did not disappoint.

"I'm pretty proud to say that I went to this school," Wagner said.

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