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Piano prodigy brings new musical sound to Warren G. Harding band

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A new high school football season is bringing a new musical opportunity for a piano prodigy from Warren.

We first brought you Darrius Simmons' story and followed him as he wowed the audience at Carnegie Hall, now this musician with only four fingers and prosthetic legs is amazing fans in the stands.

It wouldn't be football season without the precision, artistry, and beat of the marching band, but this year there's a new musician stepping out on the field for Warren G. Harding.

"No, I never thought that I'd be in a marching band, because I didn't think there was another spot that you can do except marching," said Darrius Simmons.

But the band director made sure there was a spot for 15-year-old Simmons. The sophomore hasn't been able to march because he wears prosthetic legs, but he is a prodigy on the keyboard with only four fingers, one finger on his left hand and three on his right.

"And so it's a new instrument for us, incorporating it in with the rest of the marching band," said Reid Young, Warren G. Harding band director.

The Friday night lights are nothing compared to Carnegie Hall, where he played four months ago, in a story we brought to you.

But after that, the band director brought him on board.  "It's been way great. I enjoy being a part of it.  I enjoyed the long days of band camp," Darrius said.  

It's different playing with a group as opposed to by himself and he's picking up reading music instead of just playing by ear.

 "I can sit and show him once how the part goes, show him how to read the music and within minutes," said Young. "He's able to find his own way to make it work and find his own way to play the part 100% correct, it's fun."

Raw talent and a passion to continue learning that is sure to take him far.

Darrius continues to have his own performances too.  Next month, he will be playing with fellow Warren native and concert pianist Dana Morgan at a local church.

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