This Incredible Band Teacher Found a Way to Help a Disabled Student Continue to Play Music
Playing drums for the Swanville High School band was Ethan Och’s favorite activity. But when a muscle disease caused him to struggle too much, he sadly told his band director, Gina Christopherson, he had to quit. Gina had other ideas. She refused to allow Ethan to give up his spot in the band. “He’s part of the team,” she said. “You don’t leave somebody behind.” She had the idea of having Ethan play drum apps on an iPad hooked up to an amplifier, and her innovative endeavors worked. She even found a way for this wheelchair-bound student to be in the marching band and travel to a concert in New York City. How does Ethan feel about it all? “I don’t think there could be a better music teacher,” he says.