10-year-old Jahmir Wallace from Phillipsburg, New Jersey was born without arms — but that didn’t stop him from joining his school band as a trumpet player.
When Jahmir was in third grade, he watched his sister play the piano and decided that he might like to learn an instrument, too.
Jahmir, who wants to be treated like everyone else, knew the trumpet was the right instrument for him after testing it out. The boy 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 plays the trumpet by propping it up to his lip height and using his toes to control the instrument’s valves.
Jahmir, whose favorite concert song is “Go Tell Aunt Rhodie,” said no one should be prevented from exploring music due to a physical disability. He said, “Anybody out there that would like to try an instrument, go ahead and try it.”