Despite being born with no hands, fifth grader Sara McKinney was able to fulfill her dream, playing the trombone in her school’s Honors Band.
According to NJ.com, McKinney has always wanted to play an instrument, since she first developed an interest in music. However, playing with prosthetics made it difficult, but not impossible for the 10-year-old.
“It’s been difficult, but I always manage to find a way,” McKinney explained. “I’ve also been working on trying to face my fears with crowds.”
Her fearless and determined nature, coupled with amazing talent recently earned McKinney a place on the South Jersey Elementary Honors Band.
“Sara’s just another trombone player—she doesn’t have limitations,” her music teacher Gary Schneider raved. “We really thought the trombone would be best and would not hold her back from anything.”
Additionally, learning to play the trombone has forced McKinney to learn other skills with her prosthetics.
“Her brain is telling the arm what to do and it does it, working off the muscles,” her mother Debbie explained.
“I thought she’d never be able to write, but her penmanship is amazing. She’s very independent and not afraid to be who she is — she is her own person.”
So what wise words does McKinney have for others?
“No matter what — if it’s something you want to do, always try your best and reach for the stars,” she emphasized.