20 Famous People Who You Might Not Have Known Were Band Kids

20 Famous People Who You Might Not Have Known Were Band Kids

You're in high school once, but you're a band geek forever.
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Ah, Marching Band...

A hundred degrees, grass stains, sweaty people, metronomes, whistles, marking time –– just a few of the glimpses from summer band camp and marching rehearsals throughout the year that don't even come to conjure the impact that marching band has on our lives.

Whether it was learning how to play a note together, sharing sunscreen before rehearsal, water balloon fights after rehearsal or the first time you heard a crowd cheer for you, it seems that band was quite the magical time.

While your section leader yelling at you to get on the right foot and your shoe coming untied during parade might not be the most glamorous thing in the world, marching band brings some unforgettable moments of togetherness with some unforgettable people.

It's nice to know that people all around the world share this identity. Really, it spans the world. And as band camp approaches for myself, I thought hard about how big our band people population truly was. I wondered what famous people might have been in band but, anyway, it's nice to know that Band Kids are taking over the world.

Famous politicians, scientists, musicians, actors -- they are all musically talented awkward badasses like ourselves. Who knew that all those life skills, scales, practicing schedules, people skills and discipline that we learned on the marching band fields would actually go to use in the real world?

Band kids are definitely unstoppable people. Who knows what this leaves us band kids for the future?

1. Lil Wayne

Instrument: Cymbals

Before Yung Money was even a thing, Dwayne Micheal Carter Jr. (Lil Wayne) was a Yung Cymbal player. Look at that mini Weezy.

2. Steven Spielberg

Instrument: Clarinet

Jaws. Jurassic Park. Indiana Jones. E.T. And Reeds, apparently.

3. Halle Berry

Instrument: Flute

From Flautist to Catwoman AND Storm.

4. Tina Fey

Instrument: Flute/Choir

Tina Fey also was Frenchie in her High School's production of Grease, for the musical nerds like myself out there.

5. Kesha

Instrument: Saxophone/Trumpet

Kesha spent high school playing BOTH Sax and Trumpet!

6. President Bill Clinton

Instrument: Saxophone

Before he was President of the United States of America - or playing with balloons for that matter - he was a saxophone player at Hot Springs High School.

7. Gerard Way

Instrument: Percussion/Snare Line/Cello

I thought his father took him to the city to SEE a marching band, not be in one. In the following 2013 tweet back to a fan, he explains his band involvement. This seriously explains a bit of My Chemical Romance's band attire.

8. Jenna Marbles

Instrument: Clarinet

Before Kermit and Marbles, Jenna Mourey spent her time playing clarinet and softball. Now, Jenna marbles is a huge YouTube star!

9. Markiplier

Instrument: Trumpet

Mark Edward Fischbach, like Jenna, also is a band geek turned famous YouTuber. He says in the following video, "Senior year of high school I was first chair of the trumpet section, so I got all the solos -- I got it right every practice, but EVERY time we performed it in competition I completely flunked it... except in nationals. That was the ONE time I got it"

10. Tommy Lee

Instrument: Quads/Tenors in drum line

Tommy Lee, founding member and drummer of the band Motley Crüe, was a quad player growing up. In the following picture from the NBC reality TV show "Tommy Lee Goes to College", Lee plays the quads again with the University of Nebraska's marching band.

11. Gwen Stefani

Instrument: Flute

Gwen Stefani started her musical career playing the flute!


12. Samuel L. Jackson

Instrument: Trumpet/French Horn

This BAMF started out playing Trumpet and French Horn before he was even in Pulp Fiction.

13. Ewan McGregor

Instrument: French Horn

Like Jedi Master Mace Windu, it seems that Obi Wan Kenobi himself also doubled as Jedi master and french horn player.

14. Aretha Franklin

Instrument: Tuba

Yes, our soul queen played the Tuba. (Female Tuba players represent! Tuba/Piccolo player here.)


15. Jennifer Garner

Instrument: Clarinet

Actress, Jennifer Garner played the clarinet in George Washington High School in West Virginia.

16. Neil Armstrong

Instrument: Baritone

He went to the moon. He was in band.

17. Kurt Cobain

Instrument: Percussion

Frontman of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, got his musical start in the snare drum.

18. Steven Tyler

Instrument: Trumpet

The following picture is a picture of the frontman of Aerosmith at the age of 18. His smirk may sort of resemble Heath Ledger's performance of the Joker, but thanks to those lips he played trumpet just fine.


19. Lionel Richie

Instrument: Saxophone

Motown God, guy who pioneered the sung/paused "Hello." before Adele, father to Nicole Richie and excellent saxophone player.

20. Eva Longoria

Instrument: Clarinet/Drum Major

Before she was one of the Desperate Housewives of Wisteria Lane, she was the Drum Major of Miller High School.

She still has that air of authority in her eyes.


What can be taken away from this article is that marching bands are full of extraordinary, disciplined, dorky and musically talented people. People capable of stardom, and furthermore, capable of taking over the world.

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You were even each other's first real college friend.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

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Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

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After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

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