MATC students help Milwaukee student play trumpet

A young Milwaukee boy is getting a new opportunity to play the trumpet thanks to the work of a couple of students from Milwaukee Area Technical College.  Ethiel Vega has a condition known as ortho repulsis. It’s forced him to live without the use of his hands. It’s also kept him from learning to play the trumpet.  But MATC students Dan Harder and Jafal Al-Galamed designed a device that allows Vega to use his arms and his leg to play the horn.  Manitoba Music Specialist Donna Dudenhoefer put Vega in contact with the students because she say his desire and determination to play.

“I forget that he’s disabled, because I’ve never heard him say, ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘How am I gonna do this?’ It’s just, with him, he, he sees where he has to go, and it’s just a different way of getting there, than you, or I would get there,” said Dudenhoefer.  Vega has been accepted at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. He begin there in the fall.  To see the video clip click the link,0,85104.story

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