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30 Famous People Who Once Were in Marching Bands

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Who says marching band is for freaks and geeks? This list of famous people who were once in marching bands have gone on past their high school band careers to transcend stereotypes along with the instruments they once played. The celebrities here may surprise you as all have come a long way from their football field formations to become household names.

Well before these stars were among the hottest celebrities of all time, they were just another face in the crowd as a member of their school's marching band. It's hard to believe that the likes of Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tommy Lee were once dressed up in their school's colors and parading around in unison, but that's the truth. Berry played the flute, Roberts sounded the clarinet, Jackson sported a French horn, and Lee, just as he does for a living now, played the drums.

Just like Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, many of these celebrities went on to have successful careers in music after their marching band days ended. Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani, Lionel Richie, Steven Tyler, Trent Reznor, and Aretha Franklin are just a few who took their musical talents to the next level.

What celebrities played in the marching band? Even President Bill Clinton was once in marching band, proving that band geeks are far from freaks and may even surprise you when they go on to become famous celebrities, world-champion athletes, and even world leaders.


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  1. Saxophone
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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Schools: George Washington High School, Denison University
  2. Saxophone
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball player, Athlete
    • Schools: Mainland High School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. Flute
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Fullerton, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Designer, Actor, + more
    • Schools: Fullerton College, Loara High School, California State University, Fullerton
  4. Saxophone
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, USA
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Author, Lawyer, Teacher
    • Schools: Ramble Elementary, Yale University, Yale Law School, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, University College, + more
  5. Clarinet
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
    • Profession: Hotel Manager, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Restaurateur, Actor
    • Schools: Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, University of Miami, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
  6. Clarinet
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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Schools: City College of New York, New York University, Midwood High School
  7. Clarinet
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Smyrna
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: Georgia State University, Griffin Middle School, Campbell High School, Campbell High School, Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School
  8. Tuba
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
    • Birthplace: Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
  9. Trumpet
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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Schools: Berklee College of Music
  10. Flute
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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Charlemagne, Canada
    • Profession: Songwriter, Actor, Composer, Singer
  11. Saxophone
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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Schools: Grant High School, Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School, Grant High School, Pepperdine University, University of Southern California
  12. Flute
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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting
    • Schools: Heskett Middle School, Cuyahoga Community College, Bedford High School
  13. Saxophone
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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Multi-instrumentalist
    • Schools: Tuskegee University, Auburn University, Joliet Central High School
  14. Clarinet
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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Scientist, Economist, Consultant
    • Schools: George Washington High School, Columbia University, New York University, Juilliard School
  15. Tuba
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Schools: Northern High School, Juilliard School
  16. Trombone
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Victoria, Canada
    • Profession: Television presenter, Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Schools: Mount Douglas Secondary School
  17. Clarinet
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Ohio, Cincinnati, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, + more
    • Schools: Saratoga High School, Brookdale Community College, Arcadia High School, California State University, Long Beach
  18. Flute
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Freeport, Illinois, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Schools: Mason Gross School of the Arts, Shawnee High School
  19. Trumpet
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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Composer
    • Schools: Cicero-North Syracuse High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  20. Trumpet and cornet
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Game Show Host, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Schools: Kent State University, James Ford Rhodes High School

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