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An eighth-grade member of a marching band missed their final school event of the year due to a kidney transplant—so her fellow band members marched over to her house and gave her a special encore performance.

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Flutist Emily Erickson returned home after a six-week hospital stay, but was still not able to join the band before the school year finished.

So, forty members of the Northbrook, Illinois Junior High marching band surprised her by setting up, in formation, on her front lawn — then asking her to join them.

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“I feel very, very special and just really excited,” Emily told WGN News about feeling surprised – and even a bit overwhelmed – by her bandmates’ show of friendship.