11 celebrities who proved it's cool to be in the school orchestra

7 February 2019, 19:28 | Updated: 7 February 2019, 19:44

Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor and Halle Berry all played in their school orchestras
Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor and Halle Berry all played in their school orchestras. Picture: Getty Images

By Sofia Rizzi

Did you know that Aretha Franklin played the tuba? And a certain famous astronaut played the baritone horn (seriously)?

It's cool to be in the school orchestra, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Just to prove how cool it really is, here are some famous faces who just happened to be band kids when they were at school.

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  1. Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg
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    Now, Mr. Spielberg and his films need no introduction, but back when he was a boy he was a humble clarinettist in the school orchestra.

    We're sure this is how he's gone on to create iconic film-music collaborations Jaws, Jurassic Park and E.T. with John Williams...

  2. Tina Fey

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    Tina Fey played the flute in her school orchestra and sang in the school choir. She even played Frenchie in a school production of Grease.

  3. Halle Berry

    Halle Berry
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    Halle just goes to show you can be both the cool flautist and moonlight as Catwoman, no biggie.

  4. Kesha

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    Saxophone and trumpet

    Innovative from the word go, Kesha played not one, but two of the coolest instruments in the orchestra back in high school.

  5. Ewan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor
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    French Horn

    It turns out that Ewan McGregor doesn't only melt our hearts with his dashing smile, but his impressive brass playing skills too. Don't you just hate it when people can do it all?

  6. President Bill Clinton

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    Playing in an orchestra improves many skills, including the ability to run the USA (apparently).

  7. Samuel L. Jackson

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    Trumpet and French Horn

    Samuel L. Jackson started out playing trumpet and French horn in school. And he was clearly the coolest cat in the orchestra.

  8. Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin
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    Yes, you heard; Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, played the tuba at school. This probably helped her breath control when singing, too.

    It's no surprise then that she managed to step in for Pavarotti to sing 'Nessun Dorma' at the 1998 Grammys.

  9. Lionel Richie

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    Clearly musical from a young age, soul singer Lionel Richie started off playing saxophone at school. Who's laughing now?

  10. Neil Armstrong

    Neil Armstrong
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    Baritone Horn

    What even is a baritone horn? Neil Armstrong knows.

    He also knows how to fly a spaceship to the moon, FYI.

  11. Gwen Stefani

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    Ok, so we're not surprised that Gwen Stefani was musical in her youth, but did you know she played the flute long before she hit the big-time?