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Bulger's Beat: Father Ryan HS band prepares for Macy's parade

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A Nashville high school band is fine tuning their instruments as they prepare to spend Thanksgiving in the Big Apple being part of one of the world's most famous parades.

The Father Ryan High School Band has been a high-powered, in-step, award-winning ensemble for years.

They've competed and won competitions, but the honor of marching in an annually televised parade watched by millions might be their biggest reward.

"This is the first time we applied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and we were absolutely knocked out [that we were selected]. I still get goose bumps when I remember getting the call that said we were in," said Jeff Schletzer, who has directed the band for 32 years.

They're scheduled to march down 34th Street and stop and perform for the crowd.

"Well, with my performance there's going to be some nerves. The trick is to convert that into being excited and really just perform your best every time," said Conlon Griesmer, a freshman member of the band. 

The band has a few weeks still to fine tune and make every move and turn matter, marching outside and practicing inside.

"I like having the musical ability, work hard, get better, you're never perfect, but you always practice and learn new things every day," said Kenley Cadena, a freshman member of the band.

The parade airs Thanksgiving morning on Channel 4 starting at 9 a.m.

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