Armless Child Plays Trumpet


PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. (CNN) –  Inside Green Street Elementary School in Phillipsburg, NJ, it is time for the fifth grade winter concert. Administrators are excited to see all 40 students, they also know the hard work it took for 10-year-old Jahmir Wallace to play the trumpet.

Wallace was born without arms and does everything with his feet. He even uses his feet to play the trumpet, something he wanted to do since third grade. He still remembers his first note four months ago.

“I kind of felt excited.  I kind of felt like, ‘oh man this is kind of comfortable,’ and it kind of felt like this might be the one for me,” remembers Wallace.

Administrators and employees of a local music store helped make a special stand to hold the horn and Jahmir took it from there.

“To see how he moves his toes like we move our fingers.  It’s amazing,” said Principal Raffaele LaForgia.

Everyone that knows Jahmir says he wants to be treated like every other student. But, he knows what it took to give him this opportunity, and how important his teacher, Desiree Kratzer, is.

“Very important because if it wasn’t for her I would never know what the trumpet was,” said Wallace.

He also has a special message for anyone watching.

“Anybody out there that would like to try an instrument, go ahead and try it.  You never know, if you like it, you like it, if you don’t, you don’t. Keep on trying,” recommends Wallace.

With encouraging words like that, people know Jahmir Wallace will be inspiring many others for years to come.

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