Father Ryan band marches on national TV - WSMV News 4

Father Ryan band marches on national TV

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Getting national television exposure for doing something good is a rare thing these days. But on Thursday it was all good for the Father Ryan High School band.

For 76 straight seconds at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, they shined on NBC stations across the country.

Anticipation is the word that best describes Thanksgiving morning in America - everyone waiting and waiting for that food.

But for the Sharber family in west Nashville, the wait is different. Their son Caleb is a little too busy to be here.

"He's up in New York in the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade marching with the Father Ryan marching band," said Laura Sharber, Caleb's mom.

At 10:48 central time, the Ryan band took over the television.

With Matt Laure on the call, mom, dad and family were proud and mesmerized. Caleb was in there making sweet sounds on his snare drum.

"He practices all the time, beats on everything, tables, chairs, keeping time on his leg all the time," said Laura Sharber.

For 76 solid seconds, the Purple and White got its national TV debut. Mom was hoping for one thing.

"That he's taking every minute of this in and enjoying it," said Laura Sharber.

Dad knows what got them there.

"I'm just proud of the work ethic they have," said Randy Sharber. "These directors demand perfection, but they do it in a way that kids have fun."

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