By Pam Kiriakidis
For one night only, Wallan’s Dylan Marguccio is taking on Kilmore’s Trackside on August 20 to fulfil his singing dreams.
The wheelchair-bound teenager’s debut show has come true, thanks to BGGROUPAU, a creative agency that specialises in events, music and digital media.
The show allows his full support system of family and friends to attend and watch Dylan shine near his home town of Wallan.
Dylan said nerves did not affect him when singing to a crowd.
“I am very excited, I don’t get nervous in front of people, I am really looking forward to it,” he said.
The concert will be filled with loads of talent, as 17-year-old Dylan is performing about 10 songs, with a few favourites including Coldplay, his inspiration Michael Jackson and his newly-released single Man in The Mirror, which he recorded this year with music artists Kaitlyn Thomas and Paul Ray.
Growing up, Dylan has battled with the rare genetic disorder Duchenne Genetic Muscular Dystrophy, which causes his muscles to weaken and deteriorate over time.
At the early stages of adulthood, his muscles will gradually weaken, affecting his breathing and eventually heart function without sufficient dystrophin.
In dedication to boys who had lost their lives to muscular dystrophy, Dylan will perform a surprise number on the night to show his support.
From the moment Dylan received his first karaoke machine at age nine, he enjoyed singing Michael Jackson and Queen tunes, performing in front of his family on caravan trips, making a statement wherever he finds a stage.
Whether it is a microphone, a stage, or a birthday party, Dylan is ready to perform, as singing allows him to release his frustations and worries.
“Singing makes me feel free and happy when I’m feeling down and frustrated,” Dylan said.
In 2020, he auditioned on The Voice, and has appeared on televised platforms including Monash Carols where he performed to an audience of more than 20,000 people.
Throughout school, he had also been part of productions and Schools Spectacular.
He said he hoped to keep singing as a hobby, entertaining people with his main message that even with a disability, people could do anything they put their heart to.
Dylan continues to inspire others with his music; however, he hopes to achieve his goals in becoming an AFL commentator in the field of sports media.
To book tickets for Dylan’s debut show at Trackside on Saturday, August 20, people can visit events.humanitix.com/dylan-one-night-only. To hear his forthcoming single, people can visit https://musible.lnk.to/ManInTheMirror.