SXSW band plays for crash victim at the hospital

NASA Aqua MODIS image of Tropical Storm Ernesto. (Courtesy: UT Center for Space Research)
NASA Aqua MODIS image of Tropical Storm Ernesto. (Courtesy: UT Center for Space Research)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local high school student injured in Thursday’s deadly crash during South by Southwest received a big surprise Saturday.

The band, Jared and the Mill, serenaded Mason Endres in her hospital room at St. David’s Medical Center.

The Liberty Hill High School senior suffered a broken femur, a fractured neck and a broken nose.

“Seeing them has been so great,” said Mason. “Pure excitement has gotten me through the day.”

She was one of 23 people hospitalized in the crash.

Jared and the Mill are an indie folk-rock band from Arizona. Lead singer Jared Kolesar said they wanted to visit Mason because she was one of the first fans to like their music.

“I don’t think it’s a secret to think that music has a magical property and helps with the healing process,” said Kolesar.

After the visit, the band posted this sentiment on their Facebook page:

“We hear it all the time, but it’s true. Life is precious and we never know when our time comes. We are so thankful that our friend is safe and recovering. Thank you Mason for having us come play for you. You’ve been such an amazing friend and fan of ours and your support has really meant the world to us. Playing in a room so full of love and hope was inspiring to say the least. Overwhelmingly humbled. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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