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11 Superstar Celebs You Didn’t Know Were in Drum Corps or Marching Band

The stars of our new 'Clash of the Corps' series are in good company. Watch all-new episodes Wednesdays at 11/10c, only on Fuse.

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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.

Know someone we left out? Tell us about it on Twitter with #ClashOfTheCorps!

1 / 11

Lil Wayne

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Lil Wayne performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29,
Kevin Winter

Before he was Lil Tunechi and Lil Wayne, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. joined his high school marching band to play the cymbals. Through band, Carter met Cortez Bryant, who went on to be his manager.

2 / 11

Eva Longoria

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Eva Longoria attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton H
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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.

3 / 11

Steven Tyler

UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 01:  Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 1, 2012 in Uniondal
Kevin Mazur

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has entertained crowds over the years with vocals, piano, drums and even the harmonica. Back in the day, before all the bell bottoms and glitter, young Stevie spent time entertaining in his high school marching band.

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Vince Carter

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 22:  Vince Carter #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies speaks at a press conference after Game Three of the Weste
Joe Murphy

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.

5 / 11

Bill Clinton

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton attends The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Sep
Brad Barket

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.

6 / 11

Lionel Richie

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: Lionel Richie performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park on July 14, 20
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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.

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Nelly Furtado

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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.

8 / 11

Emeril Lagasse

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 13:  (L-R)  Paul Janeway of St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Chef Emeril Lagasse perform at Emeril
Erika Goldring

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.

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Halle Berry

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Actress Halle Berry speaks onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in
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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.

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Trent Reznor

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29: Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails performs at Zenith de Paris on May 29, 2014 in Paris, France. (Phot
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Technically Trent Reznor deserves two spots on this list. The Nine Inch Nails founder and frontman learned both the tenor saxophone and tuba to perform in the marching and jazz bands at his Mercer, Pennsylvania high school.

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Neil Armstrong

Handout portrait taken in July 1969 of US astronaut Neil Armstrong. Armstrong was the mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon

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.

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