C'mon Get Happy: 94 y/o Gets to Join the HS Marching Band!

 

A 94-year-old World War Two vet named Frank Walsh lives in a retirement home near Portland, Oregon.  And he recently told somebody about his dream of joining a high school marching band.

 The fact that he graduated over 75 years ago made it tough.  Plus, he had no musical background and didn't play any instruments.  So it was a fairly crazy dream to have.

 But the band director at a high school down the street heard about it, and came up with the idea of putting him on cymbals. 

At first, they were too heavy for him.  So they took some lighter cymbals off a drum set and added handles.  And he got to practice at home.

 They didn't do any marching, but he got to perform with the band on the sidelines at a football game this month . . . on "senior night," which was kind of perfect. And his girlfriend sat next to him the whole time.

He talked to a local reporter before the game and was pretty excited about it.  He said, quote, "I have health and love, [and] now this." 

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