H.S. band serenades teen's dying grandma

H.S. band serenades teen's dying grandma

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by NBC News

WCNC.com

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

ROGERS, AK, -- High school bands usually hit the field for Friday night Football, but early Monday morning one group performed at a rather smaller venue for a very special reason.

The Rogers Heritage High School band suited up to play for, not the normal crowd of hundreds of people, but for just one woman at her Rogers, Arkansas home.

"We've never done something like this before in the band, so I know it means a lot to her," said junior Anthony Barrett.  "I was a bit nervous, but it was great. It was wonderful."

This performance grants Martie Barrett's final wish.

"It is emotional to be able to really make a difference with what you do and see that on somebody's face," said Band Director Doug Blevins.

Now in hospice care at her home with terminal cancer, Martie worried she'd never see her grandson Anthony play again.

"I loved it, it was jazzy," she said.

While dozens of kids filled her yard, Martie says her eyes and ears were focused on just one.

"All I could see was him. I'm just so proud of him and he's been such a good boy his whole life and brought me very much joy," she said.

So while Anthony may never see his grandma in the bleachers again, he says this last performance hits all the right notes.

"She might not be there, but she'll still be supporting me no matter what," he said.

Martie Barrett says the performance goes down as one of the high notes of her entire life.
 

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