CHICAGO (CBS) — This video just might make your day.
A boy playing the cymbals during a performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Eisenhower Junior High School in Darien, Ill. had one of those “OMG” moments that could have been really embarrassing.
Instead, the kid did something pretty amazing, and the video is going viral–so far totaling over 2.1 million views on You Tube.
The boy, Andrew Pawelczyk, is hitting the cymbals at all the right moments until one of them flies out of his hands and clangs to the ground. Apparently, the cymbal strap had broken.
(It happens around 1:05 on this clip.)
For a few seconds, poor Andrew looks a bit stunned.
He shuffles awkwardly for a moment.
But then a great idea comes to him.
He gently places the other cymbal on the floor, turns toward the flag and, standing at attention, salutes the flag for the rest of the performance.
“I thought, ‘Should I get another one or just stand there?’ So I stood there and saluted the flag,” Andrew told the Herald News. “I wanted to run away. But I felt better after I saluted.”
His band director could not have been more proud.
“I said just stand there, just stand there. and he gets up, and salutes. I knew as soon as he did it. Yes, that is what you should have done, perfect,” said Band Director John Damore.
Andrew had never even played cymbals for the Star Spangled Banner before. He usually plays drums. So it’s kind of odd that throughout the country, and some parts of the world, he’s known as cymbol boy now.