West Bend student's performance of national anthem gets attention around the country, world
WEST BEND, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A West Bend sixth grader's performance of the national anthem has been seen by more than 800,000 people online.
Mason Braatz attends Silverbrook Intermediate School. The West Bend East High School Athletics Facebook page shared a video of the performance with the caption saying in part, "One of the most moving performances you will ever witness!"
"I have a disability called cerebral palsy," said Braatz, "It affects my physical ability to do stuff and it really affects my physical body and stuff so it makes that even more a challenge to play music."
That has never kept him from doing so.
"He doesn’t quit, he doesn’t give up, and he is going to dream big and live big," said his mom, Sarah Braatz.
In front of the crowd at a basketball game last week, he performed big when he played the national anthem on the xylophone.
"I was nervous and excited," said Mason.
The crowd roared at the end of his performance and he had the biggest smile on his face.
"It was just a feeling that doesn’t happen every day," he said.
A feeling that doesn't happen every day, but a performance that could be watched over and over again.