Three Rivers

13-Year-Old Can Play 10 Instruments, Hosts Own Open Mic

Oct 29, 2015
Scott Melchi watches as his son, Sammy, plays lead guitar in their band
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Learning to play an instrument takes dedication, time, and patience. Spending hours learning to read and play music, practicing over and over again until you get it right. These things can be frustrating.

Most people spend their lives trying to perfect their skills on a single instrument. For Sammy Melchi that’s not the case. At only 13 years old, the middle school student can play just about any instrument he puts his hands on.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

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