Wallace was born without any arms so in order to function in his daily life, he uses his toes as other people would use their fingers.
Jahmir Wallace may not have arms but he doesn’t need them to play the trumpet
Jahmir uses his toes the way other people would use their fingers
His inspiration for music is Stevie Wonder and he’s been wanting to play the trumpet ever since the third grade.
With hard work and an inspiring and positive attitude, Jahmir’s dream has become a reality and his classmates and teachers are thrilled to see him play.
‘My older sister used to play the piano. So I thought maybe I should try an instrument. I thought maybe I could try and figure out new things,’ he said to WPTV.
Wallace remembers the first time he played a note on the trumpet four months ago and it filled him with sheer joy.
‘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,’ he said.
Teachers and employees at a local music store made Wallace a special stand to hold the horn so he could play the trumpet with ease.
Jahmir’s teachers are impressed by his playing abilities and his confidence.
‘To see how he moves his toes like we move our fingers,’ said Raffaele LaForgia, principal of Green Street Elementary. ‘It’s amazing.’
Jahmir’s teacher Desiree Kratzner taught him how to play the trumpet and inspired him to excel
Jahmir is one of 40 students who played in the winter concert on Friday
Wallace loves playing the trumpet, but he wouldn’t have been able to hone his skill had it not been for his teacher Desiree Kratzer who taught him to play.
Kratzer is ‘Very important because if it wasn’t for her I would never know what the trumpet was,’ he said.
WPTV reports that Jahmir’s favorite song in the concert is ‘Go Tell Aunt Rhodie.’ Fox News reports that his favorite song of all time is ‘I believe I can fly’.
Wallace had some uplifting words for kids who wanted to try an instrument but who may feel intimidated by the thought of it for whatever reason.
Jahmir says that anyone who wants to play an instrument should try because they may end up loving it
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