05/02/2012 02:27 pm ET

Deaf High School Student, Mitchell Moore, To Join University of Arkansas Marching Band

A high school senior who is deaf in both ears, has been selected to join the marching band at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, KTHV-TV reports.

Mitchell Moore, who will be starting at the university as a freshman this fall, said he was selected for the cymbal line of the Razorback Marching Band after a rigorous six hour evaluation, beating out 60 other students for the spot.

Auditions to join the band are quite competitive and students who make it to the band usually receive some kind of financial support, the university's student newspaper, the Arkansas Traveler reported.

"I am completely deaf. Without these cochlear implants, I can't hear anything," Moore told KTHV-TV, adding that he 'hears' with his processor and brain, rather than his ears.

The teenager -- who successfully played for his high school's band -- has had a passion for music since he was a child, USA Today reports.

"He's really overcome adversity since he was a little fellow," his grandmother told KTHV-TV.

Moore said he plans to major in bio-medical engineering and wants to to invent technologies to assist people with disabilities.