HOUSTON, TX - In his time at C.E. King High School, Brandon Gonzalez has certainly made his mark on the band.
"He's a pretty exceptional kid," assistant band director Eric Rokohl said. "He was a drum major his sophomore year which is something that's pretty rare. He's very mature for his age. He's just one of those kids that takes charge and knows what needs to be done."
Gonzalez was a drum major in marching band, but with it now being concert season, he's back to playing the clarinet for the seventh year in a row.
"When I play the clarinet, I just feel great," Gonzalez said. "I get deep into the music. It's just something I really love."
In addition to his musical skills, Gonzalez is one of the top students at King. He's part of The Sheldon Early College Program. Brandon will graduate this year with an associate's degree from San Jacinto College, in addition to his high school diploma.
"The junior and senior years, that's when the workload really kicks in because you get more of the workload from the college classes," Gonzalez said. "It really puts you ahead, and it'll get you places."
Brandon is still deciding what college he'll attend, but says his dream school would be the University of Pennsylvania.