No doubt that Roxanne Chalifoux would have rather been practicing for a Sweet 16 performance on Monday. But an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” wasn’t a bad consolation prize.
Chalifoux is the piccolo player from Villanova who became an Internet meme when cameras caught her crying as her team lost to North Carolina State in a huge upset on Saturday.
Fallon invited her to play with his house band, The Roots, on Monday. Then he surprised the college senior with tickets to a concert by her favorite singer, Taylor Swift.
Chalifoux told a Philadelphia radio station earlier on Monday that she was crying at the game because she realized it was her last time to play with the school’s pep band.
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“I saw myself on the Jumbotron and all I could think about was that my dad was at the game,” she said. “I didn't want him to see me crying.
“Little did I know that it was going to end up all over the Internet and that (my dad seeing me crying) was the least of my worries.”
Watch her with Fallon below.