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Did you play an instrument in high school? Then join the club with these celebrities who played in their school bands. They just made all that time we spent in the bleachers seem a lot cooler.

Halle Berry

The Monster’s Ball star played the flute in high school.

Vince Carter

Vince Carter didn’t just dominate on the court. He also led his high school marching band as a drum major!

Lil’ Wayne

Long before he was Weezy F. Baby, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. played the cymbals in his school band.

Julia Roberts

America’s Sweetheart played the clarinet in her Georgia high school marching band.

Tommy Lee

The Motley Crue drummer actually got his drumming start in his high school marching band.

Eva Longoria

Julia Roberts isn’t the only clarinet player on this list, The Desperate Housewives star played the same instrument when she was in high school. She was also a drum major!

Gwen Stefani

The Holla Back Girl might have joined her high school band but she couldn’t actually play any instruments.

She pretended to know how to play the flute and then spent most of her time in band making out with her boyfriend in the band room.


Back in high school, musically-inclined Kesha played the trumpet and the saxophone!

Kesha says, “It was on the cheesy side, but I played it like it was going out of style.”

Samuel L. Jackson

Mr. Jackson is pretty musically inclined too! He played the French horn and trumpet in his high school orchestra and marching band.

Aretha Franklin

Did you know that Aretha Franklin played the tuba? But Aretha’s not exactly a tuba enthusiast. When she joined the school band, all of the other instruments were already taken and the giant horn was the only choice left.

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams was so into band that he even went to band camp. That’s where he met fellow N.E.R.D. member Chad Hugo.

And the Happy singer was pretty talented even back then: he played the keyboards and the drums. Chad Hugo played tenor saxophone.

Lionel Richie

Before he was asking the world if Lionel Richie was who they were looking for, Nicole Richie’s dad was rocking out on the clarinet and saxophone in high school.

He even played the sax for the Commodores before he took over the lead vocals!

Vanessa Williams

Did you know that Vanessa Williams played the piano and the French horn in her high school’s orchestra, concert band and marching band? Some how those instruments just seem to suit her!

Nelly Furtado

Nelly wasn’t a song bird all of her life. In her high school marching band, she played the flute.

Steven Tyler

There are plenty of band geeks on this list, but none of them top Steven Tyler who played the harmonica, hammered dulcimer, piano, drums, guitar, mandolin, violin, flute, mellotron, bass guitar, accordion, saxophone and trumpet in his New York High School’s concert and marching bands.

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