By December 11, 2015 Read More →

Wheelchair doesn’t hold back Fairmont student

Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver Nicole Davis and Will Johnston perform their way down Adams Street during the Fairmont State University Homecoming Parade in Fairmont.

Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver
Nicole Davis and Will Johnston perform their way down Adams Street during the Fairmont State University Homecoming Parade in Fairmont.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Whether it’s on the field or in a parade, you can hear Will Johnston’s trumpet.

Johnston, who has played trumpet since fifth grade, now plays trumpet for both the Fairmont State University marching band and jazz band. On the field, he is assisted by Nicole Davis, a volunteer who does not receive class credit for her actions.

 Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone syndrome, Johnston uses a wheelchair.

But this hasn’t caused him to not dream big.

Having participated in marching band at University High School, Johnston knew he wanted to continue to perform. He wanted to pursue a ninth year of trumpet playing due to his love of music.

“I love music and playing trumpet,” Johnston said. “I couldn’t see myself giving that up. I’ve had too many great experiences playing trumpet with other musicians. I didn’t want to stop that just because I came to college.”

Before coming to FSU, Johnston spoke with the previous band director. An arrangement for Johnston to be on the field for the marching band was made. Davis stepped forward…

 

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