Student Invited to Play Virtually at Biden’s Inauguration after Honoring Health Care Staff

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Jason Zgonc holds a trumpet outside of Emory Decatur Hospital

A sixth-grader who sought to bring “happiness and hope” to health care workers by playing his trumpet outside Emory Decatur Hospital was featured as part of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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Jason Zgonc, from Decatur, Georgia, was selected to perform virtually during  the inauguration on January 20. During the video segment, Jason performed “God Bless America” at Emory Decatur Hospital, with health care workers watching in the background.

Over the summer, the 12-year-old played outside the hospital for 100 days, except during severe weather. “I wanted to bring happiness and hope to health care workers who are working so hard because of the coronavirus,” he says. Jason chose “Over the Rainbow” as well as other movie theme songs and classical selections.

His mother, Karen Zgonc, says the experience helped Jason improve as a young aspiring musician. 

“Jason has fed our souls for over 100 days,” says Edna Brisco, assistant chief nursing officer for Emory Decatur Hospital. “He inspired us, he brought smiles to our faces, and he supported us throughout our shifts. We cannot thank him enough.”

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