The dynamic duo.
While mention of the Dynamic Duo
Dynamic Duo (다이나믹 듀오) is a Korean hip hop duo, made up of members Choiza and Gaeko (former members of the trio, CBMass). may conjure thoughts of those caped crusaders of DC Comics fame, a father and son team from Louisville, KY could also fit the super hero mold--an exceptional son, Patrick Henry Hughes, and an exceptional parent, Patrick John Colonel Patrick Roland John (b. 7 January 1938) is a former Prime Minister of Dominica, having served from 27 July 1974 to 21 June 1979. During his tenure, Dominica gained independence from the United Kingdom. Hughes. Even the garb you will often find Patrick Henry sporting is reminiscent of super hero splendor--a costume of regal red, white, and black, complete with hat plume, shiny boots, and gold buttons. It's worth mentioning at this juncture that Patrick Henry, age 19, is a proud member of the University of Louisville's (UL) marching band Noun 1. marching band - a band that marches (as in a parade) and plays music at the same time
band - instrumentalists not including string players . 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 Greg Byrne, B.A., LL.B., Q.C. (born April 14 1960 in Harvey, New Brunswick) is a lawyer and MLA in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. He currently serves as a member of the provincial cabinet. , 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 simile (sĭm`əlē) [Lat.,=likeness], in rhetoric, a figure of speech in which an object is explicitly compared to another object. Robert Burns's poem "A Red Red Rose" contains two straightforward similes: personified. As the band strikes its triumphant notes in perfect harmony and feet move in faultless fault·less
Being without fault. See Synonyms at perfect.
faultless·ly adv. 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.
Born without eyes and with legs and arms that would not fully straighten, music was a balm balm, name for any balsam resin and for several plants, e.g., the bee balm.
Any of several fragrant herbs of the mint family, particularly Melissa officinalis (balm gentle, or lemon balm), cultivated in temperate climates for its fragrant to Patrick Henry's spirit from the tender age of nine months when his Dad first sat him in front of a piano. He was a natural, a true child musical prodigy, from the moment he touched fingers to ivory. By age two, he had a lullaby repertoire that would have melted the heart of Brahms himself. While many parents use the television as the ultimate electronic babysitter babysitter A person, often an intelligent family member, who stays by the bedside of a Pt requiring mechanical ventilation, and guards for equipment malfunctions or other problems , Mr. Hughes relates that "young Patrick Henry could be entertained for hours by simply placing him at the piano." To watch him play today is mesmerizing mes·mer·ize
tr.v. mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing, mes·mer·iz·es
1. To spellbind; enthrall: "He could mesmerize an audience by the sheer force of his presence" as his fingers fly across the full span of the keys, and his 23-track CD entitled, Most Requested From Me To You, transitions from classical to pop to blues to gospel to country as effortlessly as he moves from his piano to his trumpet, the instrument he picked up at the ripe old age of nine. To top it all off, he's an accomplished vocalist, with a truly beautiful tenor range.
A performer and guest speaker since his teen years, Patrick Henry's most impressive gigs of late are an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey “Oprah” redirects here. For the show, see The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is the American multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in television history. Show this past January and a February concert performance at the International Arts Festival An arts festival or art fair is a festival that focuses on the visual arts, but which may also focus on other arts.
Arts festivals in the visual arts are exhibitions. in Seville, Spain. The latter trip was a great opportunity for further practicing the Spanish language Spanish language, member of the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Romance languages). The official language of Spain and 19 Latin American nations, Spanish is spoken as a first language by about 330 million persons . He's fluent, by the way, and has declared Spanish as his major at UL. Late in 2006, he made appearances on Good Morning America Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network. The show was adapted from The Morning Exchange, a morning show created by and airing on the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio, and was launched nationally as , ABC's World News Tonight, and NPR's All Things Considered--all three during the month of November!
So how does such a busy performer and speaker stay on top of his college classes? In a recent interview Patrick Henry explained, "I have a Monday/Wednesday/Friday class schedule and follow the syllabus given out at the beginning of the semester on the days I am traveling. My professors are very supportive of my extra-curricular activities." During a proud papa moment, Mr. Hughes also mentioned that his son is a very smart and dedicated student and so doesn't fall behind. He finished his freshman year at UL with all As and Bs. Dad had been fairly quiet during the interview up to that point. But then his silence is not that surprising really. Inherent among exceptional parents is the understanding that theirs is not a "star of the show" role but a quiet and embraced recognition of how truly wonderful it is to be a "best supporting actor" in the drama of raising a great kid. In fact, in an email correspondence following the interview, Mr. Hughes made unnecessary apologies for not being more involved in the interview. He wrote, "Patrick Henry seems to be getting better and better at his interview techniques and is actually taking more and more of my answers from me and incorporating them into his own words. He did this in Atlanta this past weekend where we spoke at two different functions. By the time he finished speaking and playing at the second one, I was left with little or nothing more to add! He is slowly but surely writing his old man out of the script!" Amazing how this dad can so clearly convey his joy and unadulterated un·a·dul·ter·at·ed
1. Not mingled or diluted with extraneous matter; pure. See Synonyms at pure.
2. Out-and-out; utter: the unadulterated truth. pride even on the static, white landscape of an email message.
So how does Patrick Henry plan to top his vast list of accomplishments that belie be·lie
tr.v. be·lied, be·ly·ing, be·lies
1. To picture falsely; misrepresent: "He spoke roughly in order to belie his air of gentility" James Joyce. his youthful 19 years? He reels off his plans as easily as one would recite a grocery list. "In the short tem, I want to graduate from college and pursue a career of public speaking. I want to continue performing and also want to use my skills in Spanish as an interpreter. One day, I'd like to be an international ambassador."
When asked what has sustained him, Patrick Henry comments, "My family has always been supportive of me and has helped me reach my dreams. They help give me the courage to never give up." And in true Dynamic Duo fashion, Mr. Hughes mirrors his son's admiration right back toward him saying, "He's my hero; he has taught me so many good lessons about living." Patrick Henry encourages parents of children with disabilities to "always think positively," and he is certainly a living example of the power of positive thinking. In the true "shoulder shrug" fashion that punctuates his personality he says, "I was born without eyes and without the ability to walk--big deal. God gave me the talent to play piano and trumpet and all that good stuff." Good stuff, indeed!