Sax player at Sherrard High School to play in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

SHERRARD, Illinois -- A Sherrard High School student will be part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Junior tenor saxophone, Jared Hood, will be marching with the Macy's Great American Marching Band (MGAMB) on Thursday, November 22, according to a Facebook post from Sherrard Bands.

The MGAMB website shows that 185 musicians march in the parade, accompanied by 40 flags and dancers.  The band is made up of students from all across the country.

"This is a great honor that he was selected to march in NYC and will be representing Sherrard on national television," said the school band's Facebook post.

Hood left for New York on Friday after school and has been out there practicing ever since.

His band director David Grayson said Hood is "hard-working" and described him as a "natural leader."

"He's one of probably my most dedicated students," said band director David Grayson.

Hood is one of three drum majors in the Sherrard Band, he plays in marching band, pep band, jazz band and musical pit band.