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Dane Porter, 20, plays at the Waxahachie High School pep rally in April 2014 (courtesy: jimmiehack YouTube page)

Dane Porter, 20, plays at the Waxahachie High School pep rally in April 2014 (courtesy: jimmiehack YouTube page)

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WAXAHACHIE (CBSDFW.COM) - A young man with Down Syndrome – but importantly, talent – shined in the spotlight Saturday night.

Dane Porter is a 20-year-old senior at Waxahachie High School. CBS 11 News first brought you Dane’s story in April.

His parents say it was hard to get him into music classes, but Dane was able to fit right into a WHS percussion class.

Dane loves to play the drums, according to his mom, Robin Porter.

Then came his big break. Dane was invited to play with the WHS band.

Dane made his debut performance at the school’s April pep rally for the Special Olympics (VIDEO BELOW).

Dane smiles and plays along in the purple camo shirt, front and center.

However, on Saturday night, Dane was able to perform again. This time at the Waxahacie High School’s Fine Arts Center.

The performance was a “stomp percussion performance” according to the Waxahachie Light.

WATCH the full performance here.

Here’s a picture of the performance. Dane is sitting on the floor, in the front.

Dane Porter plays at in a stomp performance at the WHS Fine Arts Center on May 17. (courtesy: Robin Porter)

Dane Porter plays at in a stomp performance at the WHS Fine Arts Center on May 17. (courtesy: Robin Porter)

In only a few weeks, Porter is expected to graduate from WHS.

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