A musician got a surprise when his 91-year-old grandfather, who has never seen him play, turned up to an event and performed with him.
Drummer Marc Danecker, who is in the band The Deps, was giving children drum lessons at Amersham Carnival on Saturday, June 27 when he received the surprise visit from his grandfather, Franz Danecker.
Marc, from Amersham, had asked his cousin Terry Danecker to come along to the event to support him. However, every Saturday Terry goes to their grandfather’s in South Heath for dinner so he said he was unable to make it, to which Marc replied: “I wish grandad could see me play.”
When Terry next went to see his grandad, he thought he would mention Marc performing at Amersham Carnival.
Terry said: “I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity for our grandad to see Marc, so I mentioned it to him and he jumped at the chance and said he’d really like to go and see him.”
So Terry and his grandfather went along to Amersham Carnival to surprise Marc, who grew up in Chesham.
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Terry, who was also comes from Chesham, added: “Grandad said get me as close as you can before he sees us so when he turns around he’ll be shocked, and he was shocked. He couldn’t believe it because grandad never really goes out anywhere.”
Franz plays the harmonica, usually at weddings and on his birthday, so Marc said to him it would be good if they could play together one day.
Terry added: “Grandad had actually brought it with him and when Marc said that he got it out his pocket, so Marc got his little drum off the stage and they played together.
“My grandad is my hero. There were people gathering and clapping and filming it.
“Marc said it was the most amazing day ever and grandad talked about it all the way home. He was really happy.
“Because he plays the harmonica, grandad’s always joking that Marc got his musical talents from him.
“It was just the perfect day for both of them.”