Monday, November 3, 2008

Teenager overcomes obstacles to play cymbals in high school marching band

One evening in late September, Kevin and his mother, Lynn James, sat in the stands, near the band as usual, when bandmaster Brown walked toward them.

"He asked if I thought Kevin would like to join the band next Friday and play the cymbals," Lynn said.

She could barely speak, she was so emotional and excited. Her son was overjoyed.

The next Friday, Kevin put on a band uniform and walked slowly - because he is partially paralyzed - onto the field to participate in one song - "The Star-Spangled Banner."

He hit the cymbals in perfect time.

Oct. 17, marked his third time playing the cymbals for the marching band. His mother wasn't the only one cheering for him in the stands.

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