Braeden Kershner’s life has always been defined by music.
Growing up in South Carolina, he started off playing the French Horn, quickly moved on to the flute, and by the end of high school, he could pretty much play every instrument in the orchestra. “At least a little bit,” he told HuffPost. “I wasn’t a virtuoso or anything.”
Kersnher remembers adjusting his scrambled TV as a kid to watch the Boston Pops play their nationally televised July 4th concert. Their young, dynamic conductor, Keith Lockhart, always mesmerized him.
“Keith took that kind of music and made it fun for me,” Kershner told HuffPost. “I really wanted to be like him.”
One day in high school, the self-proclaimed “band nerd” saw an ad proclaiming any Boston Pops fan who donated $10,000 to the group could become a guest conductor for a night…