10-Year-old Jahmir Wallace may have been born without arms, but his incredible spirit hasn’t let that get in the way of following his dream to play the trumpet.
The 5th grade New Jersey student plays in the Green Street Elementary school band, just four months after taking up the instrument.
“My older sister used to play the piano, so I decided maybe I should try to learn an instrument,” Wallace told the TV station WFMZ.
How does he play without fingers and hands you ask? With his toes! “To see how he moves his toes like we move our fingers,” Principal Raffaele LaForgia said. “It’s amazing.”
Officials at his school and a local music store teamed up to help customize a trumpet stand to hold the instrument in place for Wallace to maneuver the valves with his toes.
Music runs in Jahmir’s blood. He also plays the guitar with his feet. He’s inspired by Stevie Wonder, and his favorite song is “I believe I can fly,” but others are inspired by him.
“Anybody out there that would like to try an instrument, go ahead and try it. You never know,” Wallace said.