Saxophonist Avery Dixon blows 'AGT' judges away with emotional audition: 'You play with your heart'

The Season 17 premiere of “America’s Got Talent” got off to a steady drumbeat Tuesday night 

The Pack Drumline, a Chicago-based drumline troupe, was the first act of the night to perform in front of judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara and Howie Mandel 

The group got its start as part of an after school program for at-risk youth in 2014, going from “bucket drums and PVC pipes” to an explosive percussion dance group 

“(We're) just really here to represent our city, to represent our loved ones and to represent ourselves,” said Perry Donta'e, the group’s founder 

Musician Avery Dixon secured himself a place in the “AGT” live shows with the brass of his instrument and his golden heart 

The 21-year-old saxophone player shared he picked up the instrument as a way of coping with the “relentless” bullying he experienced in elementary school 

Dixon’s story and performance floored host Terry Crews, who halted the judges’ voting to hit the Golden Buzzer, sending Dixon straight to Hollywood