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Deaf student picked for Univ. of Ark. band
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Catholic High School student Mitchell Moore is showing people that dreams do come true.

"I am completely deaf. Without these cochlear implants, I can't hear anything," says Moore. 

Moore has been selected to play in the Razorback Marching Band at Fayetteville. This fall, Moore will be a freshman at U of A.

Moore is deaf in both ears. He hears with his processor and brain, not really his ears. The sounds are sent digitally to his internal implant. He also reads lips and feels the music.

"A lot of vibration is on the bass drum," says Moore.

Using these techniques, he tried out for marching band at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

"I made it after six hours of evaluating on six different instruments. At the end, I was called to be on the cymbal line," says Moore.

By his side, his proud grandmother Barbara Penney.

"He would drag the pots and pans from under my sink and would spend a lot of time making a racket," says Penney.

He started playing when he was three years old. At nine, he got one cochlear implant and the other when he turned 12. His band director, Jack Pritchett says he had to make very little adjustments for Moore.

"Because Mitchell pays great attention to everything going on around him, there's been no difficulty at all teaching him," says Pritchett.

Moore plans to major in bio-medical engineering. His long term goal is to develop technologies to help those with disabilities.

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