The Philadelphia Orchestra has come to the rescue of a budding musician, 9-year-old Aidan Milligan. The special-needs fourth-grader was so excited over an upcoming trombone lesson that he left his instrument on the curb at the end of his driveway. It soon disappeared.
Aidan, who has Down Syndrome and attends Manoa Elementary in Haverford, Pa., said he left the instrument out on the street for just 10 to 15 minutes. It was either whisked away by that day’s trash collectors or more nefariously swiped.
Regardless, the Philadelphia Orchestra has offered to replace Aidan’s trombone.
"Every morning he gets up and he puts it together by himself and he plays it,” Aidan’s mother, Helen, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It's driving his brother and sister crazy, he's playing it so much."
Perhaps the siblings will soon develop an ear for classical music. A spokeswoman for the orchestra, Katherine E. Blodgett, said the Milligan family has been invited to attend the season's first Family Concert on Oct. 27.
Now that’s brotherly love.