When things go wrong, some people know instantly what to do. That’s exactly how this young musician reacted when his instrument malfunctioned during a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by his school band. When faced with a challenging situation, the youngster acted quickly, garnering the admiration of the crowd and his fellow players.
As the band played the opening notes to the familiar refrain of the national anthem, no one in the standing audience expected to see a moment of inspired patriotism beyond the playing of the song. The performance was going on as rehearsed.
However, midway through the anthem, the young cymbal player found himself in a tight spot. The handle on one of his cymbals snapped after he clashed the cymbals together, leaving him unable to perform.
As the broken cymbal clanged to the ground, the confused musician paused for just a moment before deciding to calmly set his other cymbal down on the gym floor.
Straightening himself to his full height, the boy turned to his fellow bandmates before deciding how he’d finish out the song.
He then turned to the flag and raised his right hand in a salute. He held the patriotic gesture until the conclusion of the anthem, when he and his classmates were met with a thunderous applause from the crowd.
Things are bound to go wrong every now and then. Quick thinking is important in any critical situation, whether it’s big or small. Even in front of a crowd, the young cymbal player managed to remain poised and use his quick wits in an honorable way. His actions honoring his country during a challenging moment exemplified everything the flag represents.
Check out the video below and see the heartwarming performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in its entirety. You may find yourself watching this more than once!
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