Blind Auburn University Marching Band member takes to the field
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - This football season, an Auburn Band member is inspiring others as he marches for the Tigers without the benefit of sight.
Tripp Gulledge picked up his first instrument at the age of five. Now it's at Auburn where his passion is being lived out.
"It's been one of the most life changing things I've done," Gulledge said.
Gulledge has been completely blind since the 8th grade.
This year, he landed a spot on the Auburn University Marching Band where he plays the French horn. With the help of a guide, Gulledge has been able to march in the home games against Jacksonville State and San Jose State.
"I tried to spend as little time as possible just sitting there thinking, 'I'm actually on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.' I wanted to make sure all of my energy was focused on executing my part of the show," Gulledge said.
"There are challenges he faces marching with our band [that] others do not, but he is super talented. He is a real team player," said Corey Spurlin, Director of the Auburn University Marching Band.
For many in this department, it's no doubt that Tripp's enduring spirit is leaving a lasting impression.
"They say when you lose one sense, you are stronger in the others. It is amazing how he brings the other students up. He teaches me a lot," said Rick Good, Director of the Auburn University Bands.
Tripp hopes his story will inspire the Auburn family and others to never give up.
"If you stop for a second and think about why you are in the exact place where you are in your life, whether it's your plan for it, or God's plan, and devote everything you do to fulfilling your goals, and God's purpose; everything else will fall everything will fall into place," said Gulledge.
Gulledge is a Mobile native.
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