A few months ago, Jahmir Wallace — a ten-year-old fifth grader from New Jersey — decided he wanted to learn to play the trumpet.
There was just one problem — Wallace was born without arms. But it never occurred to him to let that hold him back.
“My older sister used to play the piano, so I decided maybe I should try to learn an instrument,” Wallace told the TV station WFMZ.
Wallace’s music teacher, Desiree Kratzer, worked with a local music store to customize a stand for Wallace’s trumpet — because he has no arms, he has to use his toes as his fingers (he apparently mastered the guitar with the same method).
When Wallace tried the instrument for the first time in September, he said it all clicked together for him.
“I kind of felt excited,” the 10-year-old told WFMZ. “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.”
Wallace’s hard work culminated with his elementary school’s annual winter concert, where he played along with the rest of his fifth grade class.
“Anybody out there that would like to try an instrument, go ahead and try it. You never know,” Wallace said.