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Marching band member rolls through challenges of cerebral palsy


Inspiring story a great example of how marching performers overcome obstacles

Twitter post by Omaha World-Herald OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 27, 2015) — A story published today by the Omaha World-Herald tells the inspiring story of 14-year-old Eva Houston, a Westside H.S. trumpet player who rises above a physical challenge to perform in the marching band with the help of her father and a wheelchair.

Eva's father, Kevin Houston, is an alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. When the corps shared the article on social media, commenters were quick to draw attention to the hashtag #MYNWA ... a reference to the corps song, "May You Never Walk Alone."

View the full story by the Omaha World-Herald

Video: Westside H.S. marching band member rolls through formations in wheelchair


Additional Inspiring Stories


The marching community has been inspired by other examples of performers who are able to overcome obstacles. Here are a few stories from the Marching.com archives:

Blind school's marching band fosters student pride, inspires audience
The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band had just completed its field show performance at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest. The spectators used their feet to stomp and raise the volume of their appreciation. It was a moment the band members will never forget.

Students of all abilities benefit from involvement in band and music
Their band directors took a chance on them, and these five students went on to contribute to their bands' success, both on the field and in the lives of their fellow band members.

Patrick Henry Hughes tells his inspirational story in I Am Potential
The marching band community knew and appreciated Patrick Henry Hughes even before he and his family gained national attention on a February 2008 episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. So it's great to know that, even with newfound fame and national television exposure, marching band is a core part of Patrick's new book titled I Am Potential.

Visualizing the Extraordinary
Sebring H.S. senior band member Cody Breen is living the philosophy taught by his band director, Colorado Paniagua, that anything is possible. Cody praises Mrs. Paniagua, stating that her support of his desire to march neatly mirrors the belief, 'If it can be dreamed, it can be done.' Read on to discover why this story is so extraordinary.


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