When Jessica Cockman posted a video last week of her sons playing a song for Nick Jonas, a member of the popular musical group The Jonas Brothers, she never expected anyone outside family and friends would watch.But by the end of the day, she had received a call from an E! News reporter who wanted to hear about meeting the superstar, and within three days of posting it, the video had received 23,000 views. Jonas, who filmed scenes for the movie “Careful What You Wish For” in Sherrills Ford, was playing baseball with crew members at the Sherrills Ford Optimist Park when he approached Joseph Cockman, 10, and his brother, Noah, 8. The boys had brought their guitar and mandolin to the park in hopes of playing for Jonas, Cockman said.Jonas listened as Joseph played a song called “Saint Anne’s Reel” and asked him about his taste in music and playing experience. Jonas then played the boys a song on their guitar and signed the instrument.“When he signed my guitar, he said that when I play and look down at the signature, ‘You’ll know I’ll be cheering you on,’ ” Joseph said.Jonas also advised Joseph and Noah to begin playing drums. “Once girls start breaking your hearts, you can go get angry,” Joseph said Jonas told them.“He was really nice. It was cool that he was a superstar and he let us play with him,” Joseph said.The video, posted on YouTube earlier this month, has collected 28,000 views and more than 100 comments so far. Cockman said she wants to use the popularity of the video to raise awareness about Sherrills Ford Optimist Park, where Jonas and crew members played several baseball games.The park’s community center burned down two years ago, and the park’s volunteer board has struggled to find the money to complete construction of a new center, which began in January. Cockman said the park, built in the 1950s, serves 1,200 people and three schools each year.When the community center burned down, the whole town was devastated, she said. “We lost everything: all the trophies, all the memories,” she said.“This is like a home for so many people.”Football, baseball, basketball and volleyball are played in the park.The park’s board has raised $40,000 toward rebuilding the center, and its aim is to raise $75,000 more. The board also is searching for corporate sponsors to help.“When this video got so many hits, I was like, ‘It says Sherrills Ford; let’s see if we can use this,’ ” Cockman said.
Friday, Jun. 21, 2013
Sherrills Ford kids play song for Nick Jonas
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