Not all singers, rockers, athletes, actors and actresses, etc. were born cool and fabulous. . .some of them may have even been considered a little geeky! High School Marching Band Geeky! Here are some of our favorites celebs and the instrument they played.
1. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson played the French horn and trumpet in the school orchestra and marching band in his tweens and early teens.
2. Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin joined the school band as a child but was too late to play the instrument she truly wanted, the flute. She was stuck with the only instrument left, the tuba.
3. Halle Berry
Halle Berry played the Flute in her high school band.
4. Norah Jones
Norah Jones played alto saxophone in her Texas high school band.
5. Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo
Pharrell Williams met Chad Hugo in a seventh-grade summer band camp where Williams played the keyboards and drums and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They were also both members of a marching band; Williams played the snare drum while Chad was student conductor.
6. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts played Clarinet in her high school band in Georgia.
7. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani played the Flute & Piccolo in her high school marching band.
8. Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie played the Clarinet and Saxophone during high school and later played sax for the Commodores before taking over lead vocals.
9. Tommy Lee
Tommy Lee, before joining Mötley Crüe, honed his skills as a drummer for the Royal Oak High School marching band in Covina, CA.
10. Gloria Estefan
Long before fronting the Miami Sound Machine, Gloria Estefan played clarinet in her school band from the 5th through 8th grades.
11. Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams studied piano as a child and played French Horn in her high school orchestra, concert band and marching band.
Ke$ha spoke of her high school days playing trumpet and saxophone in the marching band. “It was on the cheesy side, but I played it like it was going out of style.”
13. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne met manager Cortez Bryant when he joined his high school band’s cymbal section (which Bryant led).
14. Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler played in both the concert and marching bands at Roosevelt High School in New York. According to his autobiography, he played harmonica, hammered dulcimer, piano, drums, percussion, moroccas, guitar, mandolin, violin, flute, mellotron, bass guitar, accordion, saxophone and trumpet.
15. Vince Carter
NBA star and high school drum major Vince Carter led his high school marching band.
16. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria was also a high school drum major.
17. Malik Rose
Former NBA player and current broadcaster Malik Rose played the tuba in high school.
18. Walter Payton
NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton played drums in his high school marching band.
19. Michael Balzary aka Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Michael “Flea” Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of rock’s most famous performers, but While attending Bancroft Junior High School and Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, he played in the orchestra, jazz band and marching band.
20. Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado played Trombone in her high school marching band.
21. Jimmy Kimmel
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel played clarinet in his high school’s marching band.
22. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner played saxophone in her school’s marching band.