ANTHONY - HFM Music Kid - Saxophone
Anthony Mullens was headed for trouble, his grandmother, Anne Shea said recently. He was a 7th grader who seemed not to fit in. He was angry at his parents, angry at school, angry at the world. Then, one day, he received a saxophone from Hungry For Music. He was one of hundreds of kids back in 2006 to begin their musical journey in this way. But that saxophone meant everything to Anthony. "It belonged to him," his grandmother said."It wasn't something he was borrowing. It was his. And it became so important to him." He began to play in the marching band and concert band at Langston Commons High School in Peoria, Ill. Before long, his grandmother said, "He started to succeed, and the school started to call for good reasons." He ended up as one of his school's leaders in competitions. And when he moved on, he gave away that saxophone to his cousin, Nicole Mullens, who also played in the concert and marching bands throughout high school. And when his own brother, Alex, was going to high school, Anthony recruited him to the band. And Alex just graduated earlier this month from Langston Commons after playing four years in the marching and concert bands. Anthony Shea is 20 now. He graduated in the top of his class in high school. Today, he serves in Afghanistan as a Navy Corpsman who supports a Marine artillery unit. His superiors think of him as a top-notch soldier. "Anthony is where he is today because of Hungry For Music," Anne Shea said. "Music kept him centered. He would've been one of those throwaway kids without it."