- Pete Dupré has been playing the harmonica his entire life.
- He often plays before sporting events and played for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic on 4th of July weekend.
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98-year-old Pete Dupré is better known as “Harmonica Pete.” He is a World War II veteran and loves his country more than life itself. Literally.
Dupré says that he doesn’t know the trick to his longevity, but his doctors have told him that playing the harmonica has helped to strengthen his lungs. He often plays the national anthem before sporting events and it is a delight.
His rendition will give you chills and it comes on July 4th (observed) on the fifth.
— ESPN (@espn) July 5, 2021
The first time that he played at a U.S. Women’s National Team game was in 2019.
He did it virtually during COVID-19 and has not performed at a sporting event since the pandemic. It has been a particularly long year for Dupré especially.
The entire performance lasted two minutes and 13 seconds. To put that in perspective, the over/under for the last three Super Bowl anthems were all under two minutes. He saw his moment and seized it.
Dupré sparked a 4-0 win over Mexico that was completely dominant. It would have been 5-0 but for a bad offside call. There was no VAR for the Olympic tune-up match.
All four goals came in the first half.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 5, 2021
The USWNT will begin the Olympics on July 21.