Cymbal Falls In Middle Of National Anthem Performance
Cailyn Finkel 8/24/2017
Performing in front of a crowd is hard for most seasoned musicians, but when you're a teenager, things are even more difficult! These kids play for the Eisenhower Junior High School band in Darien, Illinois, and Andrew was one of a select few who was picked to lead the annual Red and White Concert.
As a proud descendant in a line of American servicemen, Andrew jumped at the chance to play the cymbals during the concert. The conductor announced that they would start the show with a powerful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Soon all of the instruments were harmonizing beautifully. But just a few bashes of Andrew's cymbal caused one the handles to break right off and the cymbals to come crashing to the floor.
Of course, everyone in the audience zoned in on the shocking noise during the performance. So did some of the band members! Even Andrew's fellow percussionists cast him a sideways glance wondering what on earth was going on.
His quick recovery in what could've been an incredibly embarrassing moment has gone viral. In fact, as a senior percussionist in his high school band now, all of his band mates fondly call him Hollywood for all of the attention this video has received.
In an interview with ABC News, Andrew explained that his grandfather was a Korean veteran and has since passed away - so he thought that would be the perfect time to honor all of our brave veterans.
Andrew's quick thinking and patriotism is something that rarely seen in today's youth and it should be celebrated! Kuddos for him in making a sticky situation a wonderfully patriotic and honorable moment.
Take a peek at the incident heard around the country in the video below.