5-year-old viral drumming sensation offered college band scholarship

Jeremiah Travis is a 5-year-old drumming sensation that marches in the St. Helena High School band. (Source: WAFB)
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ST. HELENA PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A 5-year-old marching band sensation has his eyes set on college, though it’ll be several years before he actually sets foot in a university classroom.

Chesteron Frye, band director at St. Helena High School and student director at Alcorn State University, announced on Nov. 5 the college will award Jeremiah Travis with a scholarship.

Jeremiah began banging on things around the house when he was only 10-months-old, his mother Nicole Jackson says. Not long after the family recognized Jeremiah’s gift, his cousin, Kenya Brooks, a tenth-grade band member at St. Helena High School, began teaching him how to play the drums.

Jeremiah is currently a kindergartner and the youngest member of the St. Helena High School band. He’s been turning heads at halftime, on sidelines, and even at a New Orleans Pelicans game for his ability to keep up with percussionists at least ten years his senior.

“It’s mind-blowing every day,” Frye said. “Every single day he comes in and every single day he works. His work ethic is through the roof for a 5-year-old.”

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