TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Maine-Endwell Senior Abigail Wheeler was sitting in her music theory class when she got the news. She has been selected as one of the country’s top high school musicians to perform in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band at the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“I asked if I could go over to Ms. Kovacs’ and say hi, and thank you, and yay,” Wheeler said.
Jackie Kovacs, the director of bands at Maine-Endwell, was the person who encouraged Wheeler to apply.
“She is just the perfect student to represent Maine-Endwell,” Kovacs said. “She’s a good musician a good leader here in the district.”
Wheeler has been playing the tenor saxophone for nine years. She chose the instrument because of its size.
“I love the idea of being this little girl who plays this giant instrument,’ Wheeler explained. “It just surprises everyone and I thought that was fun.”
She says she practices an hour a day outside of the various rehearsals she has for the ensembles she is a part of.
“It’s just more than a hobby for me, its just part of my life and part of who I am,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine it without it.”
Wheeler said she is most excited to meet the students from around the nation she will be performing with.
“I always love going to events like these where you just meet so many new people, but find that you’re so similar to them,” she said.
Kovacs said she can’t wait to see Wheeler perform. She is just the second student from the district to ever be selected.
“To get this opportunity where they can be seen on a national level just helps highlight what we’re trying to re-enforce here,” Kovacs said. “They can take what they know here at Maine-Endwell and they can apply it to somewhere else in the world. It’s just great to see her have that opportunity. She’s the perfect person to represent us.”