Apex, N.C. — A senior at Apex High School made history Friday night with the school marching band.
Justin Perkins has been playing the tuba since he was in the fourth grade, and now the young man is the first African-American drum major in the past 40 years of the school's storied musical history.
"I always dreamed of being a drum major, ever since I got to high school. It's truly, truly an honor," said Perkins.
The 130 members of the Apex High School Marching band are under the direction of Paul Rowe, who describes Justin as a talented musician who was destined to be a band leader.
"I think the kids gravitate and see that leadership in him, and he kind of exudes a bit of that," Rowe said.
Perkins described his philosophy as: "Life, love, having fun.
"All those different things can be reflected through the music that you like and the way you play," he explained.
Perkins said he plans to continue to play the tuba when he starts college next year. The high school senior hopes to attend North Carolina State University.