Written by Savannah Norton
TJ Howard is only 12 years old, but that has not stopped him from chasing his dreams of being a rock star. He has found his groove at Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA).
TJ performs multiple times a month near his hometown of Cypress, Texas, and other gigs around the country, including Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Chicago’s Lincoln Hall.
This 6th grader joined TXVA in 4th grade when his drumming career first started to take off.
“I had no free time with practicing every day and doing all the homework, and I had no free time after,” TJ said.
Within a year he moved up to its performance group, and within another six months he moved up to the most prestigious group in the School of Rock, the House Band.
“House Band is where you have to try out and they choose 10 kids to perform at special events and promote the School of Rock,” TJ said.