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.
“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.