Crying Villanova Piccolo Player Gets to Play With The Roots on ‘The Tonight Show’
The Villanova Wildcats, as you may know, became the first No. 1 seed to be knocked out of this year's NCAA Tournament, falling to North Carolina State on Saturday. The loss hit Wildcat fans hard, perhaps none more so than Roxanne Chalifoux, a piccolo player in the Villanova band.
Roxanne's face was captured by CBS's cameras as the game wound down, tears trickling down her cheeks as she struggled to play through the emotions of her team's season coming to a close:
While CBS may have captured her face, it was the internet that immortalized it, in its own brutal but creative ways. Roxanne's few seconds of fame have been, shall we say, remixed. Here she is crying to the sounds of Celine Dion. Here she is being screamed at by that Whiplash teacher. There are many more.
But fleeting internet fame can also redeem you, and Roxanne got her shot last night when she was invited to play on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, with house band The Roots. She got to play the Villanova fight song, possibly for the last time, as she's a senior.
Good to see a happy ending here. She even got free tickets to see her favorite artist, Taylor Swift. Almost makes being known forever as "Crying Piccolo Girl" worth it.