Ralston Valley percussionist to play in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jack Schwartz one of two Coloradans selected for Great American Marching Band


Arvadans tuning in to this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will see a bit of local representation, as Ralston Valley High School junior Jack Schwartz was selected to play cymbals in The Macy’s Great American Marching Band.

The Macy’s Great American Marching Band is made up of elite high school band members from across the country, with the final lineup selected through an audition process. Of the 189 students participating this year, only two are from Colorado.

Schwartz, a percussionist, started playing with RVHS’s band when he was in 8th grade and has been an instrumental part of their drum line ever since.

Kelly Watts, RVHS’s director of instrumental music, highlighted Schwartz’s passion for drumming.

“I have never had a student who loves playing the drums as much as Jack,” Watts said. “If he could just come to school to play, I think he would. His love for the activity is infectious and has really helped shape our band here at RVHS. Jack pushes people to want to be their best.

“He has helped lead this year's band to their highest scoring season in almost 10 years,” Watts continued. “Band really is a family. It is a safe place where students can thrive in, Jack is just one example. I could not be more excited and prouder to have him in my band and cannot wait to see him march on Thanksgiving.”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off on Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. on NBC.


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