Ridge Brown is a young student at Ironwood High School, a school in the United States that has autism and only spoke for the first time when he was three years old when he began to sing the songs that played on the radio.
The young man has played guitar for four years – but until this week, he had never played in public. During a sporting event organized at his school, his teacher encouraged him to play “Star Spangled Banner,” the American national anthem, in front of all his colleagues.
Brown not only played the music impeccably, but was also loudly applauded by the local audience. The event was recorded by the teacher and placed on social networks – quickly, the video viralized.
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This is my student Ridge playing the national anthem at our pep assembly today! He is amazing! Ridge is a young man with autism and this was his first public performance. Please share and help him go viral!
Posted by Sean Hegarty on Friday, April 6, 2018
This high school student has autism, and the first time he played his guitar publicly, his rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" blew the audience away https://t.co/mMnHW7dvaj pic.twitter.com/mVRkQuUTbh
— CNN (@CNN) April 13, 2018
The young man has appeared in several channels of communication, including CNN. While giving an interview, Brown said the song “helps express every emotion I have in the brain.”
He also hopes that virally video will encourage parents of other children with autism to see what children like him are able to do.
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