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Brighton High School Drum Major to March in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Brighton Junior Matt St. Germain is one of two drum majors leading the Macy's Great American Marching Band down the streets of New York Thanksgiving morning.

On Thanksgiving morning, more than 50 million viewers will tune in to watch the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City - and this year, they'll see Brighton High School Drum Major Matt St. Germain leading the Macy's Great American Marching Band.

The parade begins Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m. and will be shown on NBC.

Germian, 16, was one of two drum majors across the country chosen to lead the band on Thanksgiving Day. For the past two summers, Germain has attended Smith Walbridge Drum Major Clinic in Illinois over where students from all over the nation train in three types of drum major style: traditional, corps and mace. The clinic director chose two students out of about 500 to lead the Great American Marching Band.

Brighton High School Band Director Gabriella Hoffman said that Germian has earned high rankings from the clinic both years he has attended.

"He was selected as one of the two drum majors to lead the band," Hoffman said. "So we're kind of excited too, that he's representing Brighton."

The Macy's Great American Marching Band features 245 band members, color guard members and dancers from high schools all across the country.

"I'm extremely honored," Germian said. "I feel like I'm blessed to be a part of it."

Germain has spent the past week in New York, rehearsing for Thanksgiving day.

"It's quite amazing what happens when people from all over the country fly in to do this - and we get it done and perfected in four days," he said.

It hasn't been all work for Germain, though. He has also spent time visiting Times Square, Macy's, The Rockefeller Center and even saw Mamma Mia on Broadway.

As for the day of the parade, Germain said he's not in the least bit nervous.

"I am very proud of the band and that I'm able to be here," he said. "There's no reason to be nervous, really. I don't really get stage fright or anything. I know there's like 50 million people watching, but at the same time, I'm just always pretty relaxed - I mean, I am into it and energetic and everything. I just like it. I'm honored to be here. I feel very fortunate. And I'm excited."

leah November 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Good job I'm glad to say you are my drum major :-)

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