Local High School Student Marches in Thanksgiving Day Parade

By Jared Mandel

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For Kenneth Starr, his trip to New York City this Thanksgiving won't be your typical vacation.

Rather than head to Macy's Herald Square to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Starr will be marching, with his trumpet in hand.

He is just one of four musicians chosen from New York State to perform in the Macy's Great American Marching Band.

"We're not like other groups you will see in the band. Other groups get to practice for months at a time, we get to practice for five days," said Kenneth Starr.

And this is the second time Starr will march on the third Thursday in November.

He was chosen for the first time last November, and says the experience brings talented musicians together from all over the country.

"It's an amazing experience. I have friends from Arizona, Alaska, people I would have never met before," said Starr.

His mother says it's a chance for her son to represent the community.

Her son's passion is inspirational to kids everywhere.

"It's a true example to younger kids that with time and practice you can do something outside of high school," said Donna Starr.

Starr hopes to keep with his musical lifestyle after the parade is over and after high school - he plans to study to become a music teacher.

"I love music, it's a great thing to do. I love playing my trumpet and I want to teach people how to use instruments or how to sing and what a great experience you can have with music," said Kenneth Starr.

But before he grows up too fast, he will have a chance to represent his community and march to the beat of the drums.

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