Ben Andrews

Drumming On Despite Disability

High schooler Ethan Och thought his percussion days were over.  But his music teacher believed in him, and despite his spinal muscular atrophy, was able to continue pursuing music in the school band.

 He told his music teacher he’d have to give up his favorite school activity. “I was lagging behind,” says Ethan. “And they were going ahead and there was no way for me to catch up with them.”… If Ethan expected to ride his wheelchair into the band sunset, he picked the wrong director. “I don’t believe in ‘I can’t,'” says Mrs. Christopherson.

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