Every Football Friday night, it's not only the athletes who perform, but the marching bands also take center stage. All the young musicians work hard to make sure they're playing every note perfectly, but there is one student who stands out. He doesn't let anything keep him from being in the spotlight. For Jackson High School Sophomore Brandon Hahs, playing in the band is about more than what meets the eye; it his right at the heart.
"Whenever I play halftime I get a lot of joy from it," Brandon said.
During the show, all eyes are on them. All ears are listening to every note.
"I still get nervous when we go to football games," Senior Cheyenne Vaughn said.
From the stands, these kids make it look easy, but they've been practicing all season long. Cheyenne and Brandon say the Jackson band is like a family, they depend on each other. In Cheyenne and Brandon's case, just take a closer look and you'll see. They're a duet unlike any other.
"I became blind at the end of preschool," Brandon said.
Brandon reads his music in Braille and memorizes every single note.
Cheyenne is his eyes on the field. She leads him with her voice or a gentle hand.
"We do like really sharp turns where we pivot and usually I have to kind of tell him to turn or I pat on him or be like 'hey, let's turn," Cheyenne said.
"I can't march with my cane because it gets in the way," Brandon said.
Cheyenne is the section leader. Band Director Mr. Tom Broussard says she is just doing what it takes to make sure her section is the best it can be.
"Part of the responsibilities of being a section leader is that I'm going to get the people in my section to do a great job and that's what she's doing, that's all she's doing," Mr. Broussard said.
However, Mr. Broussard says Cheyenne is a leader in more ways than one.
"We're all given different gifts, but that doesn't mean that we can't develop our gifts at our own pace and our own rate to be good and to be successful," Mr. Broussard said.
When Friday night football rolls around, you can bet these young musicians will be right on cue.