UNDATED (CNN) -- So you think it's easy playing the cymbals, just whack them together to create that crescendo of sound? Well a patriotic percussionist in a junior high school band had to think on his feet when his cymbal failed during the national anthem.
Oh say can you see the kid playing the cymbals? So what's a 13-year-old to do, suddenly one cymbal short? All eyes were focused on Andrew Pawelczyk. You could practically see his thoughts racing.
His desperate but well-executed salute to the flag cracked up classmates at Eisenhower Junior High in Darien, Illinois, especially the girl playing the big bass drum.
Just to be clear, Andrew didn't drop the cymbal, the thing broke. They have leather straps you hold onto, and Andrew's snapped. Andrew considered his options, "Well I considered running getting a new pair, and then I considered trying to pick it up without the handle."
But with various war veterans in his family, Andrew opted to salute and ended up bathed in internet glory. People commented on the video saying "dude nailed it" and "that was the greatest save in the history of saves."
Musicians lose control of their cymbals all the time. losing a cymbal is no reason to reach for Cymbalta.
Andrew says he wasn't embarrassed, but his mom Heidi says, "Yeah I was mortified (laugh) I was like 'Oh no what's he gonna do.'"
"When in doubt, salute" someone commented. He may seem klutzy but he's a cymbal of turning a fail into win.