Fergus Falls junior to take new spin on marching band in Washington D.C.Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - The Fergus Falls High School Marching Band is on their way to Washington, D.C.to perform for the president, one of its members playing right from his wheelchair.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - The Fergus Falls High School Marching Band is on their way to Washington, D.C.to perform for the president, one of its members playing right from his wheelchair.
Junior Andrew Johnson will not be marching, but rather wheeling in a parade during President Obama's inauguration.
It's the trip of a lifetime for junior Andrew Johnson who shines on the cymbals for Fergus Falls High, all from his wheelchair.
Andrew Johnson, Fergus Falls Junior: "I was born with cerebral palsy"
Although he can't "march" like his band buddies, Andrew wheels in line with the rest, a volunteer pushing him the entire way.
Johnson: "It feels great knowing that someone would do it."
Refusing to let his disability dull his passion for music.
Johnson: "I just get to be with my friends and be in marching band."
Josh McGowan, Asst. Marching Band Director: "He's a great kid and it's fun to work with him."
He began playing the cymbals three years ago right from his chair in band, pep band and marching band.
Johnson: "Eighth grade is when I joined, that's when we first could."
His rhythmic beats now taking him places he never dreamed of letting him play for people he never thought possible.
Johnson: "I get to travel to all of these different cities like Seattle and D.C."
Students are ready to make the 25 hour trek to the nation's capital, where they will be playing for the president on Monday.
McGowan: "It's a pretty fun experience for anyone so I'm glad we're able to make it available to everyone."
An experience Andrew is sure to remember for years to come.
Johnson: "Just seeing all the stuff in D.C. and playing for the president, it's all going to be fun."
If you would like to keep track of the marching band's trip, you can follow on twitter @FFBandGeeks.