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MARCHING MAN: CCHS student to participate in Macy’s Parade

April 19, 2012

Post and Mail photo / Brianne Eichman
Foster Eber, a 17-year-old CCHS student, dressed in his school’s band uniform and holding his trombone.

COLUMBIA CITY — Trombone in hand, Foster Eber, a 17-year-old junior at Columbia City High School, is looking forward to playing and marching in the next Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Foster said the reason he auditioned came when his family was watching the parade last year on TV.

“We were watching a band, and were saying, ‘There’s probably some family in Kansas going there’s my kid on TV,’” said Foster.

During the parade, Foster heard someone on the television say the kids in the band were in high school, and they auditioned to play and march.

Foster turned to his mother and said he should audition. His mother, Krista Eber, agreed.

“She said, ‘You should and maybe we’ll be able to yell at you and say there’s Foster on TV,’” said the enthusiastic trombonist.

That same day, Foster went online and looked up the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. He printed off the audition sheet, and told his private lessons teacher, Phil Zent, he wanted to work on it.

With Zent’s help, he practiced a particular musical piece, and a month ago, he recorded at Indian Springs Middle School.

Last Monday, a letter came, and Foster handed it to his sister to open, hoping for the best.

Ever since he was in the sixth grade, Foster has played the trombone, steadily progressing through the years.

Foster said even though it will be a three-mile march and a super long day, he is looking forward to being in the parade.

Foster is looking for sponsors to help him pay for the trip. For information on being a sponsor, call 691-2242.

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