Philip John Andrews, a junior at BristolCentralHigh School and honor roll student, has been selected to participate in the 2013 Macy’s Great American Marching Band as one of the select number of students from Connecticut, a press release said.
The band is celebrating the 87th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28.
Students were selected based on their musical ability and past achievements. The opportunity was open to students from over 14,000 high schools across the country. Stepping-off from Central Park, the band will be cheered by 3.5 million live spectators, before arriving at Macy’s flagship store for their national performance, the release said. The students will have the chance to participate in this prestigious band with over 200 students from across the country.
Philip Andrews is a Connecticut state rudimental snare drum champion, a press release said. He currently plays in the drumline of 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps out of New London, and competed in 11 states with the corps this summer culminating at the Drum Corps International Finals and Drumline Battle at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. He is a percussion section leader in the Bristol Central High School Band, and has performed in numerous honor bands and the 2013 CMEA Northeast Regionals. Andrews also belongs to St. Peter’s Drum Corps and has performed with the corps throughout New England and in Alaska, Aruba, Bermuda and Canada and is often a featured soloist, the release said.
Andrews has won numerous Connecticut, Massachusetts, HudsonValley and Northeastern titles for individual snare drum, duet, trio, quartet and corps playing while with Colonel John Chester Fife & Drum Corps. Andrews also performed with the Swiss Renegades in Basel, Switzerland when he was 8-years-old.
He is a 2011 graduate of St. Joseph’s School in Bristol, where he performed in the school band, under the direction of CT Future Musicians Inc., and was the FMI Northeast Regional and All-State Symphonic Percussion Section chair for four years, and drum set percussionist for All-State Jazz Band for two years.
His brother, Simon, his duet partner, and parents also perform with St. Peter’s Drum Corps out of Torrington.