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Marching on wheels: one D.C. Everest student’s inspiring story

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) — Roy Thorson is a senior at D.C. Everest and he’s a member of the marching band.

He has Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2 and is in a wheelchair, but that hasn’t stopped him from rolling to the rhythm.

“One of the neat things about Roy is that he just can’t get enough of music,” said D.C. Everest band teacher Joe Finnegan.

Roy started his musical journey in 6th grade with a modified baritone. Now, with the help of UW Madison, he has a whole system that allows him to march with the band during home football games.

“I came to Mr. Finnegan and he asked me if I wanted to try playing and moving at the same time, and I kind of though again ‘why not?'” Roy said.

Finnegan said he used to worry about how to write Roy into the show, but now he know Roy can keep up with all the moves.

After graduation, Roy has plans to attend UWSP and pursue a major or minor in music.


Sarah McGrew

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