Father and son find special connection through music

The Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble held an outdoor concert in front of the Gateway Senior Living Center but for Dean Haist, a member of the Ensemble group, this was much more then just a concert. See, his 97-year-old father lives at the senior center and Dean finally got to see his dad in the wake of COVID-19. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble held an outdoor concert in front of the Gateway Senior Living Center but for Dean Haist, a member of the Ensemble group, this was much more than just a concert. See, his 97-year-old father lives at the senior center and Dean finally got the chance to see his dad in the wake of COVID-19.

Since the pandemic started, senior living centers and nursing homes have been on lockdown in order to keep their residence safe. Dean Haist hasn’t been able to spend much quality time with his father, Keith Haist, since March due to the coronavirus. No visitors allowed inside and the residence can only leave for important doctor visits, etc. So when the Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble worked out a deal with the senior center to have a socially distanced outdoor concert, it gave father and son a chance to visit like old times.

“Normally I wouldn’t even get to see him because they are quarantined inside and I guess I got the chance to visit with him a little bit from a distance today with masks so it was really nice,” Dean said.

Dean and his ensemble group played their trumpets for all of the senior citizens of the Gateway senior living center.

“My dad has been twisting arms from everyone he knows at Gateway to come out and listen today” Dean added.

It was a chance for these seniors to get out and enjoy some fresh air and good music, at a time where so many in senior living homes have been feeling down while being quarantined.

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