Jens Nielson finally got his chance to play in the marching band thanks to fellow classmates and a robotics teacher.
The 16-year-old Porterville High School freshman has cerebral palsy and can only move a few of his left fingers.
His main goal was to play in the marching band - and now he can.
A group of creative students invented an instrument out of small motorized parts and a switch from a copier.
They say it was hard work, but was worth it.
"All the things he does isn't really in his words, but seeing the look on his face gives enough thanks," said classmate Nick Garcia.
Robotics teacher Hoss McNutt added, "Well just look at his smile, that's worth all of it."
Jens has been practicing everyday on his instrument and a local rotary club even donated money to personalize the wheelchair with the high school colors.
*Originally published September 15, 2009