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10-Year-Old Has Great Experiences After Stolen Trombone Incident

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By Diana Rocco

DREXEL HILL, Pa. (CBS) – 4th grader Aiden Muligan is back at it; he’s playing hot cross buns like a pro on his trombone.

Aiden posed for pictures with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra back stage after meeting some of the city’s best trombonists.

“I played with his trombone,” said Aiden.

In October Aiden’s new trombone, which his family was renting, was taken by someone who thought it was trash.

One morning Aiden brought his trombone out to the curb so he wouldn’t forget it while he waited for the bus. He ran back in the house for a moment and when he came out it was gone.

So Aiden’s family turned to three on your side. That was a Thursday and by Monday they had the trombone back and more.

“Out of something that was sad and awful in the beginning turned out to be a great experience,” said Aiden’s mother, Helen Muligan.

The Philadelphia Orchestra saw Aiden’s story and invited the entire family to a concert with an offer to replace his instrument, but before they could who ever took the trombone returned it to the Philadelphia Police Department and Aiden and his family were there to pick it up.

“We didn’t expect to get this much attention. We thought it was kind of a long shot that we’d get the trombone back; then when we got it back that was a huge surprise. Then, to go down to the orchestra, that was really nice,” said Helen.

And if things couldn’t get any better a friend offered more assistance.

“We were at a friend’s house last weekend [and] they offered to give it (a trombone) to Aiden and now he has his own trombone,” Helen said.

The Muligans can now return their rental and Aiden, who turned ten on Thanksgiving, has a lot to be thankful for.

Reporter: “Ten double digits. Are you excited about that?”

“Yeah. It’s on Thanksgiving,” says Aiden.

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