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GREENSVILLE, SC — Gregory Morgan has more developed hearing than most.

WHNS reports that’s because he’s blind. Morgan, 20, attends Washington Center School in Greenville. He is set to graduate next year, but in his final days, he will be showcasing his many musical talents.

Friday at 10 a.m. at the Greenville Symphony’s Michelin Children’s Concert, Morgan will conduct “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Administrators at Washington Center said Morgan has been practicing extensively. Morgan’s singing voice is also getting warmed up to open the Special Olympics at the TD Convention Center Friday.

Morgan has developed a keen ear for music, and despite his blindness and autism, is able to rock out on the piano to the James Brown classic “I Feel Good,” and the popular “Whip/Nae Nae.”

“Gregory has an uncanny ability to remember everyone’s name by their voice. If he meets you one time and sees you again he probably would remember you,” said Linda Hill, program coordinator at Washington Center.

The children’s concert will be played for Greenville County School District students at 10 a.m. and 12 p. m. Friday. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will hold their “Legends, Mysteries, Miracles” concert at 8 p. m. Saturday and 3 p. m. Sunday.