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Phillpsburg honors "inspirational" young musician

By Tom Coombe, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 18 2014 09:52:40 PM CST
Jahmir Wallace and Desiree Kratzer
PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. -

The story of 10-year-old musician Jahmir Wallace has inspired an act of goodwill by the Phillipsburg Performing Arts Association.

Wallace, a student at the town's Green Street Elementary School, was born without arms and has become a trumpet player in the school's band.

At Tuesday night's town council meeting, the PPAA presented Wallace with a certificate of merit, as well as a new trumpet.

"Although a beginner musician, his positive attitude and can-do spirit of accomplishment is inspirational to all who meet him," the PPAA said in its presentation. "His outlook on life and the arts should be a lesson for all of us."

The organization also honored Wallace's teacher Desiree Kratzer, awarding her with a $600 account at Dave Phillips Music and Sound to help support the Green Street music program.

The money came from a number of unsolicited donations prompted by news coverage of Wallace's story.