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Amazing: Armless little boy plays the trumpet

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Ten-year-old Jahmir Wallace was born without arms. He does everything with his feet, and he has done a fantastic job adapting. When his older sister learned to play the piano, he was inspired.

“My older sister used to play the piano, so I decided maybe I should try an instrument, because maybe I can try and figure out new things,” he said.

Four months ago, he played his first note. “I kind of felt excited. I kind of felt like, ‘Oh man, this is kind of comfortable.’ I felt like this might be the one for me.”

A local music store built a stand to hold the instrument so he could learn to play with his feet.┬áJahmir gives his teacher credit: “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t know what the trumpet was.”

His attitude is encouraging and positive, and he doesn’t seem to even acknowledge his disability. He wanted to make music, and he wasn’t about to let the fact that he didn’t have any arms get in the way.

“Anybody out there that would like to try an instrument, go ahead and try it,” he said. “Keep on trying.”

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