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High school senior Chad Thomas offered 150 college scholarships

High School Senior Chad Thomas Offered 150 College Scholarships
For many, college scholarships are hard to come by. But that's not the case for a Booker T. Washington high school senior with many talents. He's been offered 150 scholarships.

Chad Thomas is a talented football player, and he also plays nine instruments.

That's right, nine! He plays the piano, trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums! He's practically a one-man band. Thomas' football coach Tim Harris told the Miami Herald:

'I thought he was full of it when he told me he played all these instruments. Then he started playing them in front of me ... I was impressed.'

Thomas says he fell in love with music while listening to his late grandmother's gospel music. WFOR spoke with the teen, who says it was that gospel music that led him to his passion for various instruments.

'I just took it upon myself to learn how to play the instruments that I hear in the songs.'

WFOR says Thomas' grandma bought him a guitar and signed him up for piano lessons. By the age of 5, he was performing. But that's not Thomas' only talent - he's got skills with the pig skin, too.

'The 18-year-old helped lead his football team to back-to-back state championships and a national title this season.'

Thomas was offered scholarships for both football and music, and WFOR tells us he's chosen to pursue both.

'He's decided his future home is with the U as part of the football team and with the Frost School of Music.'

Thomas seems to be happy with his decision. Back in February he told the Miami Herald he's been throwin' up the University of Miami 'U' since the beginning of the season.

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jelder5900 March 20 2014 at 5:42 PM

This is a smart, talented kid with a strong work ethic. He will excel on the field and in the concert hall. Whoever said that the music talent isn't worth 10 cents, maybe thats the case with a lot of people. But here we are talking about an exceptional individual, I am sure he will find a way to make it in the field of music and entertainment just as he has on the football field and the classroom.

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jurgenjoshua jelder5900 March 20 2014 at 5:52 PM


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jaguarpro1161 March 20 2014 at 12:07 PM

Such a wonderful story of a young man doing sports and music. So well rounded, smart, creative and athletic.

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jwyola March 20 2014 at 12:07 PM

Keep up the good work Mr. Thomas, but be careful. You have been endowed with many talents, and with those come much responsibility.

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krayerd March 20 2014 at 11:45 AM

Good job Chad, any kid that gets offers and capitalizes on them is off to a good start. It's tough out there and our kids need all the help they can get. That plus the fact that this boy seems to be an achiever. He should go far .

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resumeoz March 20 2014 at 11:18 AM

And from the picture, he's good looking too...so pretty much has the whole package going for him....best of luck, Chad!!! I'm sure you're the envy of many!!!!!!!!!

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ianrey March 20 2014 at 11:14 AM

LOL at "small tuba." Too hard for the "reporter" to ask someone what the instrument is called? Also, "snare" is not different from "drums." Still, good on this guy, an athlete and musician, he's obviously driven and dedicated.

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kowkowcalqulator ianrey March 20 2014 at 12:05 PM

Many people confuse the sousaphone as the tuba and end up calling the tuba the 'small tuba'. Many TV news anchors can't correctly pronounce things like Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Crimea, etc. I agree; poor job performance. But actually, 'snare' is different from drums, as it can be played alone with flair and a style often not seen from strictly a 'drummer'.

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chuckhalper kowkowcalqulator March 20 2014 at 7:24 PM

If you play the BB flat sousaphone and a BB flat bass (tuba) , you have the SAME skills....period. Saying you play two different instruments is--- hyperbole at best, and a lie at worst. I have played both instruments for over 50 years. The writer does the young man a disservice by embellishing the truth.

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Home Resources ianrey March 20 2014 at 1:36 PM

YOU IDIOT!! Do you have any idea how many people out there really know the difference? What an impulsive comment. Think (or research) before opening mouth and inserting foot.

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resumeoz March 20 2014 at 11:13 AM

He will go far....great in football and plays nine instruments.....he's in a class all his own.....and with a resume like that, he'll have no problem finding a job after college - unless he screws up royally while in there, which I doubt. Some kids just have talents that others cannot touch - so good for him.

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excontroller March 20 2014 at 9:09 PM

Forget football.....play music!

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Ed Fernandez March 20 2014 at 2:16 PM


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Alfmet Ed Fernandez March 20 2014 at 5:05 PM

Remeber too, during WW ll, when a wage freeze was in place, the only thing any business could do to lure good workers was to offer medcal benefits, long vacations as well as othe benefits besides pay. Then, the benefits were a boon to corporations, large and small. I would also 'wager' this kid has a pretty good grade point average too.

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Judge Davis March 20 2014 at 11:46 AM

To all of our young people in America: This young man chose to learn to play these instruments. Choose for success. DO NOT choose to just get a JOB. Get a career and be the absolute best at whatever you do.
Don't say or do anything you don't want posted on Facebook or want your parent(s) to know about. Make your family members proud.

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posthuf Judge Davis March 20 2014 at 11:58 AM

Key word here - "chose."
Government didn't do it for him. Didn't make him the successes he is. HE did it himself!

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