Local musician spreads joy during pandemic

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On the intersection between SAM’s and Walmart on Siegen Lane, Louisiana musician Walter P. Lyons is spreading joy through his trombone.

Lyons lost his pizza making job due to an injury, then he lost his security job due to the pandemic. Now, Lyons travels across the state to play his trombone with a mission to put a smile on others faces.

“Within two months times I lost both jobs,” he said. “I had to create something that would make me happy, but also other people happy.” 

For a year Lyons has been playing his trombone across the state, now traveling to the capitol city.

“The people of Baton Rouge are amazing. It’s an overwhelming love because I am making them happy and they are making me happy,” Lyons said.

Lyons has a family and two kids. While the ongoing pandemic has impacted their finical state, Lyons says his kids support his passion for music.

“They encourage me to extend my happiness out into the world.”

He says his favorite part is the rewarding feeling.

“A lot of people pull up with oxygenaries and 90 year old people who have a birthday recently and I am able to play happy birthday for those people. Those warm feelings are transferable, those warm feelings are transferable across the parking lot.” 

The musician wants to remind others that performers are struggling right now since they are unable to play because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Lyons is available for performing here.


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