Bryant Band Embraces Deaf Fan Seen Conducting on Sidelines

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BRYANT, Ark. – The Bryant High School Jazz Band is really feeling the beat this holiday season, and so is a young fan.

Because Cayden Richardson, 9, loves music, Band Director Keith Matthews, pulled some strings to help the boy’s conducting dreams come true.

His rhythm proves to be pretty good, despite the fact that Cayden is deaf.

“He can’t hear it. He can hear the vibrations. He can feel them just fine,” says his mom Melanie.

She says his conducting interests started during football season after she took Cayden to watch his brother play and his interest was always on halftime.

“He would stand on the railings and start mimicking the drum majors,” Melanie says. “After that performance they took a selfie with him and it went from there.”

Melanie signs to her son, asking him “you like that?” His response is a smile. 

So before conducting with the drum majors at the state championship game, Matthews gave Cayden his first set of white gloves.

“The community here and support I receive is amazing,” says his mom.

And for someone that speaks with his hands, this role, fits like a glove.

Cayden is a student at Arkansas School for the Deaf and while they don’t have a band, Cayden’s mom says he won’t give up his love for music.

And she thanks the Bryant band for putting that big smile on her son’s face.

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