Band student salutes flag during cymbal mishap

Posted at 8:10 AM, Jun 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-04 08:22:54-04

A band student in Illinois had to think on his feet when his cymbal failed during the National Anthem.

So what's a 13-year-old to do when he's one cymbal short?

Andrew Pawelczyk delivered a well-executed salute to the flag.

The leather strap Andrew was holding broke, causing him to lose the cymbal.

With numerous war veterans in his family, Andrew said he thought a salute was the best way to save his performance.