Patrick Henry, who crossed all physical barriers to become a multi-instrumental musician
He was born without eyesight. Even, he does not have the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk. Additionally, two steel rods were surgically attached to his spine to correct scoliosis. Meet Patrick Henry Hughes, who has overcome these physical barriers to excel as a musician and student. This multi instrumental American musician was born on March 10, 1988 to Patrick John and Patricia Hughes.
Patrick Henry was introduced to the piano by his father, when he was only 9 months old. He had studied piano and later began the study of trumpet. Patrick Henry’s national fame began in 2006 as a student at the University of Louisville, from where he was graduated, with a major in Spanish. On the suggestion of Louisville’s marching band director Dr. Greg Byrne, Patrick joined the Louisville Marching Band, playing trumpet while his father pushed him on his wheelchair through the marching routines, which attracted more crowd and media attention and was featured on television and newspapers.
Eventually, Patrick Henry was invited to play piano and sing in musical performances throughout the country, including two performances at the Grand Ole Opry, and on stage performances with Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Lane Brody, Chad Brock, Faith Hill and Bryan White. In 2007, he played solo trumpet on stage in performance with the Louisville Orchestra.
As a pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, Patrick Henry won numerous competitions and awards, overcoming all the circumstances. Till now, he has been featured on many TV shows. A book named ‘I am potential’ has also been published, where Patrick Henry and his father has shared their incredible journey till now.
Disability is just a physical constrain for Henry, and his strong determination has never let it become an obstacle for him. We just hope and pray that Patrick Henry overcomes all other hurdles in life, the way he has overcome so far.