One of Our Own Will Be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

As we reported in June, Colchester High School senior Lauren Zwonik will be the only student in Vermont—and one of only 185 students nationwide—to participate in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cheered by more than 2.5 million spectators along the parade route and watched more than fifty million people worldwide.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people from all over the nation and playing in the parade,” said Lauren. “And I’m proud to be representing Vermont.”

This year, the musicians are under the direction of Auburn University’s Dr. Richard Good and Assistant Director Barry Houser from the University of Illinois, and they will be accompanied by fifty flags and dancers.

Lauren prepared and submitted an audition tape of “Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando” by Phillippe Gaubert and the third movement of Mozart’s “Concerto in D Major” for consideration by the committee, and her performance was judged upon technical proficiency, tone quality, and overall general musicianship. For a short video clip of Lauren performing the Mozart piece, click here.

“Lauren is an exceptional student—always pushing herself with her playing and musicianship and always looking for ways to grow,” said Evan Peltier, Colchester High School director of bands. “I’m so proud of her for this accomplishment and excited for the Colchester music program to be represented on the national level.”

Lauren also has an upcoming solo performance with the Vermont Youth Orchestra on December 9.

Congratulations, Lauren!

Special thanks to Marie Bouffard, chair of Friends of Colchester Music, for her contributions to this CSD Spotlight feature.

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