Roxanne Chalifoux, like any Villanova Wildcats fan, was heartbroken Saturday after her school's men's basketball team lost to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Roxanne, a member of her university's band, began to cry, but she didn't stop playing the piccolo! Her determination didn't go unnoticed either, and before she knew it, she was up on the Jumbotron and "Villanova Piccolo Girl" became a national trending topic!

Jimmy Fallon was one of the millions of people who witnessed Roxanne's March Madness sadness, and the Tonight Show host wanted something positive to come from her experience! So, he invited the Villanova band member to sit in with The Roots on Monday night!

Jimmy Fallon, Roxanne Chalifoux, Tonight Show

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After playing with Questlove and Co., Roxanne chatted with the late-night host about what it was like to become an instant viral sensation, calling the resulting attention "absolutely mind-blowing!"

"All I thought I did was cry on national television," she said. "It's sort of a funny story...In the beginning, I'm looking up at the Jumbotron so I saw myself on it and all I could think about was my dad was at the game, and I was really—I didn't want him to see me crying. But, then it turned into like everyone saw me crying!"

"Everyone in the whole entire world," said Jimmy, laughing. "But...I loved it! I love the emotion! You should be emotional!"

The Tonight Show host pulled up a few of the memes Roxanne inspired, including one with Joe Biden photoshopped in comforting her and another with the vice president and John Travolta by her side.

That wasn't all, though! "We're happy that you're here," he told Roxanne, "and we want to make sure that you're happy. We actually put together this gift basket here for you—this is all Tonight Show stuff!"

"And also, we heard that you love Taylor Swift," he continued. "So we called Taylor Swift, who's the coolest, and she's giving you two tickets to her world tour."

Roxanne was truly overjoyed by this surprise—almost becoming emotional again! "Thank you so much," she gushed, clearly thrilled. "Oh my gosh, thank you!"

Too sweet! Hey, maybe T.Swift could use a piccolo player on the 1989 World Tour?

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