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ERIC Number: EJ768220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
The Dynamic Duo
Hollingsworth, Jan Carter
Exceptional Parent, v37 n5 p34-35 May 2007
This article features a father and son team from Louisville, Kentucky--an exceptional son, Patrick Henry Hughes, and an exceptional parent, Patrick John Hughes. Patrick Henry, age 19, is a proud member of the University of Louisville's (UL) marching band. It is also worth noting that Patrick Henry, a virtuoso musician, is a young man challenged with disabilities and a full-time wheelchair user. So how does an individual who is non-ambulatory participate in, of all things, the marching band? In fact, that is the exact question that Patrick Henry and his dad pondered when the university's Director of Bands, Dr. Greg Byrne, invited this rising college freshman to be a member last year. Not ones accustomed to backing down from a challenge, father and son's skepticism evaporated seconds later when they struck on the idea that Mr. Hughes would become an honorary band member; he would become his son's legs, wheeling him through the intricate formations and routines as Patrick Henry lent his incredible trumpeting skills to the band's brass section. And to watch father and son on the football field is to see simile personified. As the band strikes its triumphant notes in perfect harmony and feet move in faultless unison, one can't help but draw a comparison with the marvel of teamwork that has played out for 19 years between this father and son--this Dynamic Duo.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky