Blind High School Student Competes In Marching Band Championship
CLOVIS, Calif. (KMPH) —
A Clovis high school student is proving he can beat the odds.
17-year-old David Alvarado plays the trombone for Buchanan high school.
Alvarado is also considered legally blind.
"I always got to constantly keep my eyes moving. I can't see from side to side. It's the hardest part; I just have to keep thinking that I have to do my best," said Alvarado.
Alvarado has less than 16% percent peripheral vision.
But it doesn't stop him from doing what he loves to do best.
"I just find music like really throwing; it really moved me emotionally because I am able to connect to the music," added Alvarado.
He marches along to the beat of the music.
Even though Alvarado can't always see what's around him, he relies on his memory of the steps to guide him through the field.
"The whole point of marching band is practice, practice, practice and the run-troughs' we do, it's repetitively over and over again. It just gets stuck in my mind like second nature" said Alvarado.
Learning music for Alvarado has been like learning a new language, and a new way of conquering his challenges.
"I just think he goes above and beyond," said Jayne Ramirez, David's mother.
On Saturday, he showed the crowd he is no different from his peers, as marched for in the West Band Association Championship.
He continues to defeat the odds one step at a time.
"Keep following your dreams and just keep pushing forward. Nothing can get in your way. Because if you let it get in your way, it will, but you can always overcome it," said Alvarado.
He plans to keep playing the trombone even after high school and hopes to pursue a career in engineering.