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He can toot his own horn
By MARTHA RIAL , Times Staff
Published August 19, 2007
[Martha Rial | Times]
Junior Alex Pedigo, center, joined Northeast High School's Scarlet Regiment Band for the exercise.
He was worried about the "band geek" label. But after shedding 60 pounds, he's not concerned what others think.
"It is something awesome to do and brings you closer friends," said Pedigo, 16.
The band members recently learned a new drill for House of the Rising Sun while pretending to hold their instruments.
Pedigo is one of 14 children adopted by Alan and Ginni Pedigo of St. Petersburg. They bought him his first trumpet in sixth grade and remind him to be responsible and proud.
Pedigo plays baritone in the band, because he likes how it makes him feel big and powerful. He dreams of becoming a high school band director, but first wants to perform with the University of South Florida's Herd of Thunder Marching Band.
Northeast's director of band Greg Urban admires his dedication.
"He is one of those kids you wish you had 30 more of," he said.