Boy Born Without Arms Starts Playing the Trumpet

Jahmir Wallace says his sister inspired him to play
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2014 7:02 PM CST

(Newser) – How's this for inspiring: A 10-year-old student born with no arms has taken up the trumpet and even played it at his school's annual winter concert, Gawker reports. Jahmir Wallace says he was inspired by his sister, who plays the piano. "So I decided maybe I should try to learn an instrument," he tells WFMZ. People at a local music store in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, made him a unique stand that held the horn and enabled Wallace to play it with his feet. "To see how he moves his toes like we move our fingers," said Wallace's school principal. "It's amazing."

And Wallace took to the instrument right away: "I kind of felt excited," he said. "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." He's inspired by his favorite song, Stevie Wonder's "I Believe I Can Fly," but says his music teacher Desiree Kratzer played a big role too. "If it wasn't for her I would never know what the trumpet was," he said. And he wants others to follow in his footsteps. "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."

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