An exceptional 5-year-old boy named Jeremiah Travis has secured a full-ride scholarship to study at Alcorn State University for his amazing drumming skills.
Jeremiah Travis is a genius drummer who was awarded a full band scholarship to study at Alcorn State University when he graduates from high school in 13 years’ time.
Jeremiah who is still in kindergarten is a loop drummer in the band at St. Helena College and Career Academy in Louisiana, United States. According to USA Today, he started out beating on his ABC blocks as a baby and just naturally grew into drumming.
Now he gets to play in a group with band members who are at least 10 years older than him. Jeremiah was often seen showing out at halftime performances and during the New Orleans Pelicans basketball games.
He was awarded the scholarship to enable him to play in the Sounds of the Dyn-o-Mite band at Alcorn State University, United States when he gets older. Travis’ mother, Nicole Jackson said she is proud of how much achievement he has at his young age.
“To know that he is five and has a full scholarship made me feel so good. I am just amazed at his playing level with him being so young,” Jackson said.
The band director at St. Helena College and Career Academy, Chesterton Frye said that Travis’ skills are impressive but his work ethic is what stands out the most.
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“He’s 5 years old but he’s always working on his skills. Any free time in the band room or when we go on break, he’s drumming on the floor, getting other drummers to come and just asking them ‘can we play, can we play,’’ Frye said.
Brandon Dorsey, the percussion instructor at Travis’ school said he does not force him to do anything and he is always lenient with him but he is always ready to do everything.
“He is just zoned in. Sometimes, I don’t teach him a part because I think he might not be able to play it. Next thing you know, we start playing a cadence, he just starts playing it and I’m amazed,” Dorsey said.
I don’t force him to do things because he is five years old. Sometimes, I have to revamp myself and remember that he is so young. What he has, it is God’s gift,” he added.
Travis will be using his full-ride scholarship to study and improve his skills as a drummer at Alcorn State University, United States in 2032.