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Marching in Macy’s

Junior Lyla Matteson and Senior Patrick Stankovich prepare to march in the annual Macy’s Day Parade
Sophie Hegyi
Patrick Stankovich and Lyla Matteson play the trombone in their 2022 performance of “Pandora’s Box.”

Each year on Thanksgiving families around the world tune in to NBC to watch the annual Macy’s Day parade when the streets of New York City are filled with giant balloons, extravagant floats, and beautiful music. Marching bands play, celebrities perform and the magic of the holidays are truly felt. It’s every kid’s dream to one day be in the parade, and for senior Patrick Stankovich and junior Lyla Matteson, this dream will become a reality.

Matteson and Stankovich decided to audition for Macy’s Great American Marching Band. This band, which has 185 members, was formed in 2006 and is filled with some of the best and brightest high school musicians from across the country. Matteson and Stankovich will be the first students in school history to participate in this parade.

Two members of the Eagle Regiment Lyla Matteson and Patrick Stankovich prepare to march in the Macy’s Day Parade

“When I first auditioned I didn’t think I would make it,” Stankovich said. “I just thought it would be a cool experience.” 

Both students were encouraged by their band directors, who will also be participating in the parade, to audition. The audition process requires a prepared piece of music, like a solo or etude, ranging from 3-5 minutes and a video showcasing their marching skills. They were then judged and an email was sent out to let them know they made it.

“I love marching band so much and the fact that I am being recognized outside of Liberty High school is so cool,” Matteson said. “And this isn’t even my main instrument that I made it on. I just started playing baritone my freshmen year.”

“I love marching band so much and the fact that I am being recognized outside of Liberty High school is so cool. And this isn’t even my main instrument that I made it on.”

— Lyla Matteson (11)

Matteson and Stankovich have both been members of band since their sixth grade year and everything has led up to this moment. Years of practice and participation in marching band has prepared them for this. It is a great honor to be selected and everyone around them is very proud of their achievements. 

In fact, Drum Major Payton Grotewiel said, “I’m so proud they made it into the parade and I’m so happy to have them marching with us at school.”

Both students will head out to New York on Nov. 18 and the school wishes them luck as they perform.

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Megan Geisler
Megan Geisler, Sports Editor of Broadcast Media
Megan Geisler is a senior and this is her third year of publications. She is the sports editor for broadcast media and a reporter for LHS Today. She enjoys playing the trumpet and loves watching movies. Some of her favorite movies include “Mamma Mia” and anything Marvel. Outside of school you will often find her spending time outdoors hiking with her dogs or working at Chick-Fil-A.
Avery Bowen
Avery Bowen, Reporter
Avery Bowen is a junior and this is their first year in publications. She is also involved in drama club working as a crew head for set. Outside of school, Avery can usually be found quietly drawing in their room or taking a nap. When not hanging out in her room, Avery is outside in nature walking along her backyard creek and fishing. After high school they plan on studying wildlife biology at an out-of-state college. 
Sophie Hegyi
Sophie Hegyi, Photo Editor of The Talon
Sophie Hegyi is a junior and the photo editor of the Talon yearbook, working with publications in what is now her second year. Sophie is involved in a variety of other things at school including: golf, track and field, Earth Club, NHS, and HOSA (where she is the president-elect). Outside of school, Sophie is in an EMS Explorers group where she shadows paramedics on the ambulance, and works as a lifeguard with O’Fallon Parks and Rec. Sophie enjoys working out, doing sports photography, and hanging out with friends and family. One day, she hopes to become a flight paramedic.

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