October 26, 2016 —
GFHS freshman Sean Pettis has been selected to play tenor saxophone in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Over the summer, Sean auditioned and was selected to represent New York State, Warren County, and the City of Glens Falls in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band—which will step off the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This band honors America’s finest high school musicians under the direction of Auburn University’s Dr. Richard Good.
Sean’s sister, Hannah Pettis, proudly announced the news to the Glens Falls Board of Education at its October meeting. “Along the parade route, there will be three million spectators,” Hannah said. “The Band will perform in Herald Square in front of celebrity hosts, a grandstand audience, and more than 50 million TV viewers watching live on NBC.”
On top of his own pre-parade practice, Sean will spend a week in New York City attending group rehearsals, and participating in music workshops and leadership seminars. His schedule also includes some time to see Manhattan and attend a Broadway Show.
Hannah detailed Sean’s many musical accomplishments since he began playing the saxophone in fourth grade. “Sean has participated in NYSSMA solo festivals and been selected to All County Band every year since sixth grade,” Hannah said. “Sean was selected as first Alto in the New York State Band Directors Association All State band festival held in Liverpool, NY in March.”
He has been invited and will play in the pit for the high school’s musical “The Wedding Singer” under the direction of Ron Lyke, and he has performed the national anthem at numerous Adirondack Phantom and Adirondack Thunder Hockey games.
Hannah explained that Sean has attended Crane Youth Music camp for the past two summers, held at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam. “This is a two week camp offered to 7th – 12th grade students,” she said. “This has allowed him the opportunity to audition and be chosen for the top ensembles offered at the camp. Sean has been a member of the SUNY Adirondack Jazz Ensemble, and is currently playing with the Saratoga Youth Symphony.”