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The Father Ryan Band

From the streets of New York in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the World Marching Band Championship in Malaysia, the Father Ryan Band has left a distinctive mark in the world of music. With unique musical stylings, intricate choreography, memorable costumes and elaborate staging and sets, the band attracts attention from fans and judges at every competition and every school visit. Founded in 1947 and energized with the arrival of Jeff Schletzer in 1979, and later, fellow co-directors Jereme Frey, Derek Schletzer and Dustin Schletzer, the band has earned accolades across the country.

  • More than 100 Mid-State and All-State Players
  • More than 20 Grand Championships and 70 Class Championships
  • Eleven-time Mayor’s Cup Winner
  • Eight-time World Champion Medalists
  • Three Winter Drumline WGI World Championships
  • 2011 Bands of America National Regional Grand Champion
  • Six-time Bands of America Regional Finalist
  • Featured Dynasty Percussion European Clinicians


Students may participate in a variety of music programs ranging from marching band to private music lessons. Our music programs have enjoyed much success in recent years due to the hard work and dedication of the staff, students, and parents. Students are consistently successful in solo and ensemble, mid-state, and all-state performances; and the marching band and winter drumline regularly win or place in state, regional, national, and world championships.  Instructional music programs are offered as academic credit and/or co-curricular activity.



Did You Know?
Students involved in music score on average 102 points higher on their SAT tests than students who are not.
Eighty-nine percent of school principals agree that music education contributes to higher graduation rates.
Music education develops skills needed in the 21st century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, innovation, communication and teamwork.According to a recent Harris Poll, three-quarters of Fortune 1000 executives were involved in a music program while in school.

The Father Ryan Band proudly participates in the following organizations:

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