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Where Are They Now? Ryan Parker

posted Nov 20, 2014, 5:29 AM by Unknown user

Alyssa Miller

Grab the 1999-2000 yearbook and you will find it littered with photographs of then senior, Ryan Parker. The 33-year-old musician was voted Most Outgoing by his classmates and was on homecoming court. He was also extremely active in choir, drama club, and theater productions. He was a member of the show choir, All-County choir, and District Honors choir. His senior year he won the choral directors award.

Parker was highly active in Van Buren’s theater productions. His freshman year he played the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz”, sophomore year he played Randolph MacAfee in “Bye Bye Birdie”, and his senior year he played Marcellus in “The Music Man”.

Respectably, Parker’s favorite class was choir and his favorite teacher was the former choir teacher, Mr. Inbody. “The arts was, and still is, my passion,” he says.

Parker reminisces on his goals at the time of graduation, saying “all I wanted to do was perform for a living via acting or music.”

While it is a side job, Parker was able to make his dream come true. He is a member of a two-person band, Violet Vinyl. He and his bandmate, Carrie Lynn, play folk, country rock, and rock music every weekend all over Ohio.  Lynn plays the violin while Parker sings and plays the guitar.

Parker says he first met Lynn years ago when her band opened up for his at a gig. Years later they were both looking for someone to play with and contacted one another via Facebook.

Aside from playing music every weekend, Parker is an assistant director of food services at the Heritage Nursing Home. He has been married to his wife Stacy, a vet-tech at Blanchard Valley Veterinary Clinic, for four years; they have two children: Lane, 3-years-old, and Breezy, 8-months-old. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his children and participating in community theater.

Favorite musician: John Lennon

If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring with you? Guitar, iPod, & pizza

What is your favorite song to sing/play? “Stand By Me”

If you could have someone play you in a movie, who would you chose and why? Paul Rudd. He is goofy and light-hearted yet serious.

What is the number #1 thing on your bucket list? To visit Liverpool, England. My great-grandfather is from there, and I love The Beatles.