An incredible number of celebrities have marched in either drum corps or marching band, spanning from former presidents to musical icons to the first man on the moon. It’s even rumored that Madonna marched in the drum corps in her home state of Michigan.
In honor of our new docu-series Clash of the Corps, we decided to find some of the biggest stars who’ve ever marked time and horn popped.
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Eva Longoria stays busy as an actress, producer, director, activist and business woman. Her success could be due in part to the hard work and discipline learned when she was Head Drum Major for her high school show band.
Eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter is used to dominating the basketball court as a shooting guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. What most people don’t know is that Carter spent his high school days dominating the football field as a member of the marching band. His instrument of choice? Saxophone.
Former President (and potential First Lady) Bill Clinton made history when he went on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992 and played the saxophone. His musical career started much earlier, however, as Clinton spent his teenage summers at band camp and played sax in the Arkansas Hot Springs High School marching band.
Lionel Richie joins our list of saxy celebs who spent their early days performing in the high school marching band. Richie moved on from his Alabama high school, but continued to play the sax, as well as the piano, throughout his career.
GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado (who recently announced her first album in four years) has been pumping out hits since her first album Woah, Nelly! debuted in 2000. Rewind a few more years and you’ll see Nelly wielding a trombone in jazz and marching band.
We know Emeril as a boisterous celebrity chef, and restaurateur, but we could easily have known him as Emeril Lagasse, rock star, instead. Lagasse was a musical prodigy and the leader of his high school drum line. He was even offered a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music, but he turned it down to study cooking.
It’s a safe bet that actress Halle Berry was voted “Most Involved” in high school, where she was a cheerleader, editor of the school newspaper, honor student, prom queen, runner-up Miss USA, the school mascot and, you guessed it, a flautist in the marching band.
Before he was the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong spent his college years playing the baritone in the Purdue All-American Marching Band. He was made an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi (The National Honorary Band Fraternity) and took his KKP pin with him to space.