A high school student from Berlin will be representing Connecticut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next week.
Alec Rich, 17, has been making music since he first picked up the tuba in fourth grade.
The high school senior is now in his fourth year with the Redcoat Marching Band.
"It means a lot for me to be in the band because it's always kind of been a place to go,” Rich said.
His passion is now taking him to the Big Apple, where for the second time he will march in the parade for an estimated 50 million people.
He will be one of a few representing the state in the band that brings students together from all 50 states.
"It's very cool to sit at home and watch it on TV and watch the ‘All American Band’ come marching through and know one of your students is in that group,” said Jeff Sirois, music teacher and band director at Berlin High School.
Sirois helped Rich record his audition video before he was first selected last year. Then he was asked back.
"I'm very proud of Alec, he's a great player, he's a great musician, and he’s a good person, so the last three years with him have been great, fantastic,” Sirois said.
"He's done a lot of that kind of thing that he never thought he would achieve and I think you never know what you can achieve until you try and he has always gone for it and I admire him for doing that,” said Alec’s mom, Catherine Rich.
Alec’s older and younger brothers play the trombone, but it is a musical career with the tuba that Alec plans to pursue in college.
"The dream is to play in a large symphony orchestra, like the Boston Symphony Orchestra or the New York Philharmonic,” Alec Rich said.
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