Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 21, 2012

Hurtubise displays banjo skills


Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — Alec Hurtubise, a Zionsville Community High School student with autism, was selected to sing and play his banjo in a talent show Nov. 5, in Illinois.

Hurtubise has been singing since he was a toddler. By the time he was eight, his uncle invited him to sing with the Cowboy Church Band. After hearing the sound of the banjo, he decided to learn how to play. The band members then surprised him with his own banjo during a church service. Discovering that he had natural talent with the instrument, the young boy took lessons and continued performing with the church band. The teen still sings and strums with that bluegrass band seven or eight times a year.

“Music has been all the world to me,” he said. “God gave me the talent, and I want to give all the credit to Him. That’s how I came up with my own style of music.”

Two months ago, Hurtubise recorded his first CD, “The Sound of Mountain Gospel.” He is also involved in a variety of other activities, including Special Olympics and the Best Buddies program at his high school.