SUISUN CITY — There was more than the dawn of a new year to celebrate at the Kroc Center, Wednesday morning.
A group of about a dozen, gathered in the banquet area to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, let out a loud cheer when they saw a familiar face on the big screen. It was Zacharie Harvey, 15, the son of Salvation Army captains Vickie and Jonathan Harvey, who oversee the Kroc Center.
The teen, who attends the Public Safety Academy, marched with the Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band. Harvey got a close-up on HGTV, which elicited smiles and even a few tears from a very happy father. “I’m very proud,” said Jonathan Harvey, choking back tears. “That was wonderful.”
“It’s a very proud moment,” said Vickie Harvey.
Sister MacKenzie Harvey, 10, was excited that the camera had focused on her brother. She and friends Timeria Murphy, 10, and Jasmyne Murphy, 8, stood in front of the big screen to watch the band in the parade.
Jonathan Harvey talked to his son just a few minutes before the parade stepped off. Zacharie Harvey had also emailed him a picture in his band uniform. “I hope he’ll have time to straighten his tie,” Jonathan Harvey said looking at the picture on his cell phone.
The Harveys cooked breakfast for the group, which was served up after Zacharie Harvey’s TV debut.
The Murphy family woke up early to be part of the celebration. “It’s good to fellowship with the church family,” said Tim Murphy.
He recalled the time his grandmother drove him past the stadium where the Rose Bowl is played. “This is a big deal,” he said of a local marching in what Murphy calls the “Super Bowl” of bands.
“They’re not playing the easiest music,” he said. “They’re playing the best stuff.”
The group got a second look at the band when Jonathan Harvey quickly switched channels and the band, sans his son’s closeup, showed up on the Hallmark channel.
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