By Martin J. Reed
Wearing a white I-heart-N.Y. T-shirt from the recent trip he took with his Oak Mountain High School band peers, freshman Colby Spangler played it cool when asked if he was nervous about performing at Carnegie Hall.
“No,” he said, a big smile on his face. He quickly added another thought about the experience: “Really awesome.”
For the 16-year-old’s mom, Kim Spangler, the Oak Mountain High School band concert on March 1 at the famed New York City venue represented an extra-special opportunity for her son, who has cerebral palsy.
“For me, to get to see him up on the stage performing with his peers, it was almost surreal. It was almost like a dream come true,” she said. “Fifteen years ago, I would not have thought that was possible. I’m still pinching myself. We teared-up, a lot of the mommies and daddies,” during the concert.
Through a rare invitation to participate, the Oak Mountain High School band program performed at Carnegie Hall for the Spring Instrumental Music Festival — an experience that continues to amaze associate band director Travis Bender.
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