When life hands you lemons, squeeze them into a glass of sweet iced tea and burst into song.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
August 3, 2017
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Peter G. Aiken

Southerners have always prided themselves in making the best of what’s around. So what happens when a group of Kansas State band members find themselves stranded on the side of the road? Well, they did the logical thing and picked up their instruments.

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The college musicians were traveling in two cars from Manhattan, Kansas to Garden City, Kansas to work at a high school band camp when one of the cars had a tire blow out on U.S. 56. Instead of pouting, they decided to make the most of the unfortunate circumstances while they waited for AAA to arrive. Their remedy? Music, of course. The young men launched into a stirring rendition of “Wabash Cannonball,” a song with a storied history for the Wildcats. Sure, the highway acoustics might not be the best, but we dare you to find a version of this Kansas State classic that brings a bigger smile to your face.

Trace Woods, one of the stranded bandmates, posted a video of their pickup truck performance to Facebook that has since gone viral. “I present to you, the Wabash Cannonball, Side of the road edition,” he writes. Watch below: