Holy Angels student to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

| November 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Patrick Dysart with his euphonium. Courtesy Academy of Holy Angels

Academy of Holy Angels senior Patrick Dysart was selected to participate with the Great American Marching Band for the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Honoring America’s finest high school musicians, Dysart, of St. Peter in Richfield, was one of 185 students selected among thousands who auditioned across the nation.

“My acceptance into the band is very gratifying'” he said. “I feel that all of my hard work in band is paying off.”

Dysart plays the euphonium, and was the only student selected from Minnesota. He is a three-time Tri Metro All-Conference Band member and plays in the Holy Angels Concert Band, Academy Jazz Band, Drum Line and the Richfield Marching Spartans.

I’m not exactly sure what to expect from the parade, but I know for a fact that it will be an experience I never forget,” said Dysart, who will be in New York City for a total of five days. “I’m surprised by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere personified by every participant in the band. It’s been so easy to make friends with people from every corner of the country.”

His father, Pete, is the school’s band director and Fine Arts Department chair. His mother, Janel, is a fifth-grade teacher at Notre Dame Academy in Minnetonka, where Patrick went to grade school.

“Patrick is a hard-working and talented musician,” Pete said. “We’re very proud of his accomplishments.  Being selected as one of the nation’s finest high school musicians is a wonderful and well-deserved recognition. I am confident he will represent Holy Angels and Minnesota well.”

Patrick described his instrument as a smaller version of a tuba that plays the same notes as a trombone. He has been playing it since fifth grade and plans to continue playing in college.

“I’m not sure what specifically about the instrument enticed me, but in the fifth grade when we were trying out instruments, I picked it up once and knew it was for me,” he said. “I haven’t regretted my decision for a moment.”

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