Blind trumpet player marches on
SOLON (AP) — A trumpet player from Solon in eastern Iowa is marching with the high school band, thanks to some help from his bandmates.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says 14-year-old freshman Jalen Howsare (HOWS’-uhr) has been blind since he was toddler. His eyes were removed because of tumors, an illness called bilateral retinoblastoma. He has prosthetic eyes and is cancer free.
Howsare marched with the band for the first time during competitions in September.
During performances, his bandmates figure out where he’s supposed to go and guide him during each song. Whoever is closest puts a hand on his shoulder and leads him to the next spot.
Band director Desmond Cervantez says Howsare is “fearless,” and having him in the band builds upon its mission of giving back.