High school band fulfills woman's final wish

ROGERS, AR (KNWA/NBC) - A high school band suited up to play not for the normal crowd of hundreds of people, but for just one woman at her Rogers, AR, home.

In hospice care at her home with terminal cancer, Martie Barrett worried she'd never see her grandson Anthony Barrett play again.

Dozens of kids from the Roger Heritage High School band filled Martie Barrett's yard to fulfill her final wish.

"We've never done something like this before in the band, so I know it means a lot to her," Anthony Barrett said. "I was a bit nervous, but it was great. It was wonderful."

But the grandmother said her eyes and ears were focused on just one member of the band.

"All I could see was him," Martie Barrett said, referring to her grandson. "I'm just so proud of him and he's been such a good boy his whole life and brought me very much joy."

The band's director said it was an emotional experience to make a difference and to see it instantly on somebody's face.

Martie Barrett said the performance goes down as one of the high notes of her entire life.

"I loved it, it was jazzy," she said.

While Anthony Barrett may never see his grandma in the bleachers again, he said this last performance hits all the right notes.

"She might not be there, but she'll still be supporting me no matter what,"  he said.

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