Autistic LI teen becomes concert-caliber pianist
A Riverhead teen has overcome an amazing obstacle to become a concert-caliber pianist. Brandon Boardman has Aspergers syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum. He's been at the keyboard since he was 3 years old and says he has practiced just about every day since. He memorizes each song that he learns to play. Brandon has what musicians call perfect pitch. Someone can sing a note to him and he can immediately play it on the piano. His jazz teacher's father was "Scatt" Johnson, one of the original Ink Spots in the 1940s. His great grandfather performed with Nat King Cole. In September, Brandon will be a junior at Riverhead High School and is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. For video of Brandon Boardman performing Mozart, click 'NEXT' or go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.