TXVA student JD Beck performs on drums.
Between performing in multiple gigs and working on an album, rising Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA) 8th grader JD Beck has had a jam-packed summer. For JD, a busy practice and performance schedule has been possible with the flexibility of TXVA’s virtual school program.
JD has wanted to enroll in online school since the 3rd grade. His parents, however, wanted him to wait to enroll until his 5th grade year, when they were absolutely sure it was the best choice for him. Now four years later, JD’s mother, Ann, is positive it was the right decision.
“Since enrolling him in TXVA he has been able to be out in the evenings for gigs and practices. When we have to travel to go to music camps in other states he is able to bring school with him,” Ann said.
JD, who started playing the piano at age 5, has always been musically gifted. However, he didn’t start playing the drums until he attended a summer camp at School of Rock at the age of 8.
“He went and picked up the drum sticks and hasn’t stopped since,” Ann said.
JD has many opportunities to perform. His band “New Old Skool” has had several gigs this summer. In addition, he performs with “The Drummies,” a house band for a monthly kids open mic night at Stellar Music Academy, and “Salvation From Sundown,” a blues and rock band comprised of 12- and 13-year-olds. JD is heading to Michigan in October to work in the studio with renowned rhythmist and drummer, Scott Pellegrom.
JD is also a member of the band “The Beatitudes,” which has afforded him the opportunity to work with a Grammy-winning producer, Jah Born. The Beatitudes play original neo-soul type music and they are currently in the studio working on a new album to be released early next year.
JD, who will continue to attend TXVA this fall and continue to work on his music career, is scheduled to perform with Salvation From Sundown on Saturday in Kilgore, Texas.
Good luck to JD in all his upcoming performances!