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September 28, 2012

Armless guitar player wows at Lancaster stadium



Dennehy said he had no interest in music as a child.

"I was 8 years old when my mom signed me up for cello lessons without my consent," he said. "I just did it because I was 8 and you have to listen to your parents when you're under 18."

He said there were challenges, but "if there was a problem, we solved it."

He also plays bass guitar and piano, but the guitar is his favorite.

"I feel like I can express myself most with the guitar," he said.

He performs progressive, alternative and Christian music. He's recently released his first single, "It's a Gift," on iTunes.

Two months ago, he'd planned to go to college to study music, but that's on hold as he spreads his inspirational message.

It's not always been easy, he admits.

"There was definitely a time when I was down and there's no hope for me and there's nothing I'm going to be able to do when I'm older and I'm not going to get married and all this stuff," he said.

But as he got older and more mature, "I realized I was not born without arms on accident, and this was no scientific, molecular accident that I was born like this," he said.

"I believe that God definitely has a purpose out there, a big purpose, for me, and he has a life that he wants for me... I know and firmly trust that there's a reason for it," he said.

The Barnstormers partnered with United Disabilities Services, which helps people with disabilities live more independent lives. Proceeds from Barnstormers' prizewheel games were being donated to UDS.

"We're thrilled that the Barnstormers recognize the importance of highlighting the talents of individuals who have transcended their physical limitations," said Cindy Davidson, vice president of sales and marketing for UDS.



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