Local Band Student Needs Your Help to Make Macy's Parade Dreams Come True

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A Palisade High School band student recently found out he's been given the once in a lifetime chance to play in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But before he can perform under the bright lights of Herald Square, he needs some help just to get on the plane.

Palisade High School sophomore Chris Hoback loves band.

"It means a lot to me," said Hoback. "I like it a lot. It's one of my passions."

And that may be an understatement -- he plays baritone sax and bass clarinet in two jazz bands, the concert band, the marching band, and the wind symphony -- not to mention he's made several honor bands including the All State Band.

But it's his most recent accomplishment that's really got him pumped.

"I was excited and sent everyone a text message that I'm going to New York," said Hoback.

After making All State Band, Chris received a letter asking him to apply for the Macy's Great American Marching Band -- a group made up of 185 of the best high school musicians from across the country that gets to kick off the parade.

Chris applied and just this past week, got the call that he made it.

"For him to be one of them and be able to represent his school, this community, and this state is just huge for him," said Rita Hoback, his mother.

"It's really big," said Hoback. "Usually you don't get an opportunity like this."

And unfortunately it's one he may end up missing.

"It's been a rough couple of years for us financially," said Rita Hoback. "We'd like to see him go and in order to do that we'll need a little help."

The trip will cost the Hobacks $2,500.

"We don't have that in our pockets," said Hoback.

So he and his family are reaching out to community members for support, asking them to help keep Chris' dreams marching forward.

"This will never happen for him again," said Rita Hoback. "He's a very talented young man."

If you would like to help Chris get to New York, a fund has been set up in his name at American National Bank, where you can drop off donations.

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