New Wheelchair Greets Newest Panther Band CymbalistBy de Crescenzo, Sarah; Porterville Recorder,
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
Article features a custom-made wheelchair attachment which enables a student with cerebral palsy to perform with his high school’s marching band as a cymbalist. Custom modifications to the powered wheelchair made by a science teacher and two of his students include an attachment for the cymbals featuring a button which, when lightly pressed, will clang the top and bottom halves of the cymbals together. The cymbals were attached to the side of the chair to enable access to the chair without having the instrument removed. The wheelchair was purchased with donations from local organizations and custom-upholstered in the team colors. Plans are under way to attach other percussion instruments such as a woodblock, gong, or triangle to the chair. The science team is also working on a way to make the chair beep when it backs up.
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