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High school band musicians can be found everywhere – from the classroom to the stage, from talk show chairs to thrones, and from fields/courts to the halls of governance. Check the list below, and you may be surprised who was playing what ‘way back when’:

Baritone

  • Neil Armstrong (Astronaut – first man on the moon)
  • Vince Carter (retired NBA)

Bass Clarinet

  • George Segal (actor)
  • Zakk Wylde (Guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne)

Clarinet

  • Allan Greenspan (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve)
  • Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”)
  • Gloria Estefan (singer)
  • Jimmy Kimmel (comedian/talk show host)
  • Julia Roberts (actress)
  • Rainn Wilson (actor from “The Office”)
  • Steven Spielberg (movie director)
  • Tony Shaloub (“Monk”)
  • Woody Allen (actor/director)

Flute

  • Alyssa Milano (actress)
  • Alanis Morrisette (singer)
  • Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”)
  • Celine Dion (singer)
  • Gwen Stefani (singer from No Doubt)
  • Halle Berry (actress)
  • Jennifer Garner (actress from “Alias”)
  • John Quincy Adams (US President)
  • Lizzo (singer)
  • Noah Webster (Webster’s Dictionary)
  • Terry Crews (actor, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)

French Horn

  • Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kanobi from Star Wars I, II, III)
  • Otto Graham (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback)
  • Vanessa Williams (Singer/Actress)

Percussion

  • Dana Carvey (actor/comedian)
  • Dolly Parton (singer)
  • Eddie George (retired NFL)
  • Emeril Lagasse (chef, TV personality)
  • Johnny Carson (TV Host)
  • Johnny Depp (actor)
  • Mike Anderson (NFL)
  • Mike Piazza (former MLB catcher)
  • Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
  • Trent Raznor (Nine Inch Nails)
  • Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
  • Walter Payton (NFL Hall of Fame running back)

Saxophone

  • Bill Clinton (former U.S. President)
  • Bob Hope (late comedian/actor)
  • David Robinson (Retired NBA Star)
  • Jennifer Garner (“Alias”)
  • Lionel Richie (singer, father of Nicole Richie)
  • Roy Williams (NFL Dallas Cowboys)
  • Tedi Bruschi (NFL New England Patriots)
  • Tom Selleck (actor from “Magnum PI”)
  • Trent Reznor (lead singer for Nine Inch Nails)
  • Vince Carter (NBA Star)

Trombone

  • Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour)
  • Bobby Bowden (college football coach)
  • Fred Rogers (“Mr. Rogers Neighborhood”)
  • Jonathan Frakes (actor, “Star Trek TNG”)
  • Nelly Furtado (singer)
  • Tony Stewart (NASCAR Driver)

Trumpet

  • King Charles (England)
  • Drew Carey (actor/comedian)
  • Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Jackie Gleason (actor)
  • James Woods (actor)
  • John Glenn (Astronaut and U.S. Senator)
  • Michael Anthony (Bass player for Van Halen)
  • Montel Williams (talk show host)
  • Richard Gere (actor)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu from Star Wars I, II, III)
  • Shania Twain (singer)
  • Stephen Tyler (lead singer for Aerosmith)

Tuba

  • Andy Griffith (actor)
  • Aretha Franklin (“Queen of Soul”, singer)
  • Dan Aykroyd (actor)
  • Harry Smith (CBS’s “The Early Show”)
Nathan LeFeber