It has always been Mason Pusey’s dream to be apart of LSU’s Tiger Band. He worked hard, practiced his trombone all day and night, and finally that dream came true.
“He put in the work he earned a spot in this program,” Kelvin Jones, LSU’s Band Director, said.
But unfortunately, on what was supposed to be his first day of band practice, there was a tragic accident.
“Everything was just getting started for him,” Michelle Joanos, Mason’s mom, said.
He died in a car crash on his way to school– just two days before his 18th birthday and before he could reap the benefits of all his hard work.
“We got there at 1:21 AM and he passed [away] at 1:29 AM, I think he was waiting on me to get there,” Joanos said.
Now his family and band-mates are trying to keep his dream alive even in a world without him.
“He was perfect, he had a huge heart,” Joanos said.
His band director says he knew from the moment they met that Mason would be a star.
“His audition was great, he’s always been that vivacious spirit,” Jones said.
But despite all of their grief, his loved ones say it gives them strength to know that before Mason passed away he was able to see his biggest dreams come true.
“He worked towards his goals and he accomplished them,” Angelo Joanos, Mason’s dad, said. “Band and getting into LSU’s School of Music was at the top of his list.”
Saturday, Sept. 5 at 4 pm there will be a balloon release in teens honor. It will be held at the cracker barrel in Gonzales.